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David Milch Taking On William Faulkner for HBO

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21:  (L-R) LA Times writer and Moderator Mark Olsen, Director Jose Padilha, writer Gerald Petievich, wrtier Robert Crais and writer David Milch attend the Poolside Chat: Your Gun and Your Badge during the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival sponsored by the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on June 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

David Milch will be tackling William Faulkner's works for HBO, the parties announced today, with Milch extending his HBO contract and signing a deal with Faulkner's estate. The agreement covers all of Faulkner's work (except for pieces that are already optioned elsewhere), and Milch's adaptations could be shows, mini-series, or movies. Milch and Faulkner go together like decaying societies and muddy underpants: Perfectly. Both shift perspectives and voices, both examine the ways we hold our small societies together, and both create somehow beautiful characters that illuminate facets of misery (but sometimes victory) you didn't even know existed. Consider the prestige-o-meter broken!

Photo: Amanda Edwards/2011 Amanda Edwards