David Milch To Adapt William Faulkner Works For HBO
Television producer David Milch has signed a multiyear deal with HBO to produce series and original movies based on the works of Nobel Prize-winning writer William Faulkner.
"I’m delighted to expand my longstanding relationship with HBO to encompass the adaptation of some of the most important literary works by any American writer into television films and series,” Milch, known for his work on "NYPD Blue"and "Deadwood," said in a statement. “As we embark on this ambitious project, our first commitment is to serve the material, and we look forward to identifying and collaborating with the best screenwriters and filmmakers to help each of the pieces find its ideal form onscreen.”
The estate of Faulkner, the late Mississippian known for 19 Southern-themed novels including "The Sound and the Fury" and "Absalom, Absalom!," inked the deal with Milch’s Redboard Productions, according to The Los Angeles Times. The includes 125 short stories and other works not currently under other production deals, and will allow HBO to be first to finance, produce and distribute the works.
Besides "Deadwood," Milch is the creator or co-creator of HBO's “John from Cincinnati,” and the horse racing series “Luck,” starring Dustin Hoffman, set to debut in January.