Faulkner's 'Dust' returns to film


NEW YORK -- William Faulkner's 1948 suspense novel "Intruder in the Dust" is returning to the big screen from Picture Entertainment and Plum Pictures.

The Nobel Prize-winning author's novel focuses on a black man in rural Mississippi falsely accused of shooting a white neighbor in the back. The imprisoned man must stave off a lynch mob with the help of an unlikely band of locals who search for the evidence that will prove his innocence.

"Dust" was first adapted to film by director Clarence Brown for MGM in 1949. Production on the new project is expected to begin in 2009.

Plum partners Celine Rattray, Galt Niederhoffer and Daniela Taplin will produce "Dust" with Picture chairman Lee Caplin. Carl Colpaert will executive produce, and Joy Goodwin will co-produce.

Other film adaptations of Faulkner's works include 1958's "The Long, Hot Summer," 1959's "The Sound and the Fury" and the upcoming short "Red Leaves" from actor-director James Franco.

Picture executive produced "Ali" for Sony. Plum is developing several projects, including "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" with Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese attached at Paramount, and another literary adaptation, Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar," starring Julia Stiles.