Faulkner’s Dust Returning to the Big Screen


William Faulkner’s 1948 suspense novel “Intruder in the Dust” is returning to the big screen from Picture Entertainment and Plum Pictures, says The Hollywood Reporter.

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.

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.