Catherine Hardwicke's 'Haml3t' with Emile Hirsch is Not to Be
It's been over a year since we'd heard any news regarding production on the contemporary half-musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Haml3t from director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Lords of Dogtown) and starring Emile Hirsch. Last we heard, shooting was going to commence in October of 2009, but since almost an entire year has passed and production definitely hasn't started up, something must be wrong. The Playlist confirms these fears as a source close to production has revealed that the intriguing project, has fallen apart and won't be getting off the ground anytime soon without taking arms against a sea of troubles.
This truly is a shame since Hirsch's comments on the project revealed a musical and literally poetic use of some of Shakespeare's writing as Hamlet performs intimate shows of his infamous monologues. Described like Kurt Cobain, Hamlet is an indie musician attending a prestigious college when the death of his father and betrayal by his mother and uncle strikes his heart. I can only imagine how the music-fueled monologues would've played out since Brian Reitzell, a music supervisor who has collaborated with Sofia Coppola on Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette, had been brought in to shape the music for Haml3t.
No specific reason is sighted as to the demise of the project, but it doesn't sound like the unique take on Shakespeare's classic tale will see the light of day. Having read the script, I can tell you that the contemporary version of Hamlet would have rivaled Baz Luhrmann's take on Romeo + Juliet and it really is a shame that we won't see it come together (at least for now). Hopefully Hardwicke can make due with her forthcoming unique take on Red Riding Hood as a supernatural thriller. Anyone else disappointed?