After a summer which saw James Franco fending off the apocalypse in This Is the End and jokes from his friends in the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, the actor returns to the director's chair for his William Faulkner adaptation As I Lay Dying. The first clip has been released, featuring the actor portraying Darl Bundren, who comes across some trouble while trying to cross the river with his brother Cash (Jim Parrack). Take a look at this scene that also features Danny McBride and some split-screen camera work. The drama debuts in New York on October 11, followed by a digital download release on October 22, VOD on November 1 and DVD November 5.

Directed by Oscar-nominated James Franco from a screenplay by James Franco and Matt Rager, As I Lay Dying is adapted from the 1930 classic American novel by William Faulkner. The story chronicles the Bundren family as they traverse the Mississippi countryside to bring the body of their deceased mother Addie to her hometown for burial. Addie's husband Anse and their children, Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey Dell, and the youngest one Vardaman, leave the farm on a carriage with her coffin - each affected by Addie's death in a profound and different way. Their road trip to Jefferson, some forty miles away, is disrupted by every antagonistic force of nature or man: flooded rivers, injury and accident, a raging barn fire, and not least of all -- each individual character's personal turmoil and inner commotion which at times threaten the fabric of the family more than any outside force.