Emile Hirsch and Catherine Hardwicke Taking on Hamlet
by Alex Billington
June 3, 2009
Now this is how you do modern Shakespeare! A new take on Hamlet is being put together by director Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Twilight) with Emile Hirsch, who helped conceive the idea, set to star, as well as Milk producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen producing and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia, The Painted Veil) writing. Overture Films is developing this and is awaiting a finished script with hopes of getting into production soon. Jinks and Cohen said their "goal is to present the story as a suspense thriller. We want to make it exciting and accessible for an audience today."
This new Hamlet will center on similar themes as the original play, but will be set in contemporary America instead of Denmark. Here's how they plan to make it "exciting" and "accessible" - in the new version, a young man must decide whether to kill his uncle to avenge the death of his father. Sounds like an interesting update of Shakespeare's classic, I just hope it's not too stale. This isn't the only Shakespeare adaptation in the works - Michael Radford is adapting King Lear with Al Pacino set to star and Ralph Fiennes is directing and starring in a literal translation of Coriolanus. We'll definitely be keeping a close eye on this project.