Emile Hirsch on What to Expect in His New Hamlet Movie
Last week we ran an update on the upcoming slate for director Catherine Hardwicke. One of the projects she has in the works, which may be shooting soon, is a contemporary version of Shakespeare's Hamlet that is set to star Emile Hirsch (first written about here). Our friends at Collider talked with Hirsch recently, who not only confirmed that he's supposed to start shooting in October, but divulged some interesting details on what we can expect. "It's almost like mixing Hamlet with The Shining a little bit and making this kind of scary/cool vision of the play." Well damn, I already prefer this version over that Shakespeare 4 Kidz crap.
"I'm working on a modern-day younger adaptation of Hamlet, in verse, molded to be almost like this supernatural horror movie. Where it's not a horror-slasher movie, it's like a suspense-horror… All the cast will be much younger and it's geared towards a younger audience. Catherine Hardwicke, who did Twilight and Lords of Dogtown, we're working on that together right now."
Maybe it's just because I'm no longer in school or actively involved in theater (which are the most common places to find Shakespeare), but I haven't seen a good Shakespeare adaptation in a while. And I'm actually kind of digging this idea just because I'm in the mood to see some Shakespeare (and I don't have many good theaters near where I live). I'm not the biggest fan of Catherine Hardwicke as a director, but I do like Emile Hirsh, and wouldn't mind seeing him take this on. Hell, maybe I'll go rent a copy of Leonardo DiCaprio's Romeo + Juliet this weekend just for the hell of it? I say give it a green light Overture Films, get this made!