The vast Internet Movie Database has a
of movies Faulkner played a part in, either as screenwriter or writer of the
And while we're on the subject of Faulkner and movies, here is a movie
review of one of Faulkner’s best screenplays, The Big Sleep.
Several of Faulkner’s short stories were produced for television
in the 1950s. Faulkner himself adapted teleplays for two of his stories for
the Lux Video Theatre; long believed lost, the teleplays were recently
re-discovered and are described
on this page. You can read more about how the lost teleplays were found in
article in The Chronicle
at Duke University.
It was reported in early 1998 that a big-screen adaptation of Faulkner’s
novel As I Lay Dying was to be filmed that year in Mississippi,
with Sean Penn in a starring role, and Leonardo DiCaprio pining
to appear as well, but despite an article in Variety and this
blurb from E!
Online.com, to date, no such filming has occurred. A more recent
report (December 1999) indicates the project never
got off the ground, though I've been hearing rumblings once again that the
project may be on again.
A scene from the Threshold Theater's production of As I Lay Dying
Despite its big-screen woes, Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying remains
fairly popular as a stage drama. It was performed on stage by Chicago's
legendary Steppenwolf ensemble
in an adaptation by ensemble member Frank
Galati in August 1995.
You can read some additional history of the ensemble. Kingston, Ontario's Threshold
Theater also performed As I Lay Dying in August 1995. Their
outdoor production, adapted and directed by Mark
Cassidy, received good
reviews. And in 1998, Swine Palace Productions of Baton Rouge,
a production of As I Lay Dying directed and adapted by Edward Kemp.
It was the American premiere of Kemp's adaptation of the novel, following a
successful run at the Young Vic Theatre in London, England.
Neva Hutchinson and Robert Parnell in Faulkner’s Bicycle.
It was probably just a matter of time: Faulkner to be the subject of someone
else's fiction. Heather MacDonald's 1984 play Faulkner’s Bicycyle
does just that. The performance was reviewed in the March 13, 1996, issue of
the San Francisco Bay Guardian
(performed as part of the Working Women's Festival).