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‘Deadwood’ Creator David Milch to Adapt William Faulkner for HBO

We haven’t seen much from Deadwood creator David Milch since 2007, when his disappointing follow-up series, John from Cincinnati, tanked. But the talented showrunner has some big projects on the horizon: Aside from Luck, the horse-racing drama that stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte and will premiere December 11 on HBO, Milch’s Redboard Productions has just signed an exclusive, multi-year deal with the network. And here’s the big news: Redboard has also finalized an agreement with the William Faulkner Literary Estate to adapt the author’s works for film and TV. All of Faulkner’s 19 novels and 125 short stories are fair game, and Milch will executive-produce the projects that result alongside the estate’s executor, Lee Caplin. Of course, it won’t be easy to translate the prose of such a difficult writer to the big or small screen, but we have faith that if anyone can do it, it’s the man who brought us Al Swearengen. We’re already crossing our fingers for a Southern Gothic drama that follows the Compson family, of The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom! fame.

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