Sci-Fi Shakespeare 'Henry5' in the Works with Caine, Winstone
There are a lot of very interesting Shakespeare adaptations in the works (Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus, Julie Taymor's The Tempest), but I'm sure none of them are like this. The Playlist caught mention of a tweet from Prod Weekly about a new project in the works called Henry5 - a "a sci-fi thriller" based on Shakespeare's play Henry V. Apparently the film even has Michael Caine, Ray Winstone, Gerard Depardieu and Derek Jacobi attached, along with the always badass Vinnie Jones. Apparently the project is being sold at the AFM this week, so this may actually come together with that cast, which would be impressive to see.
Behind the script is Michael Anderson, Andrew Hislop and Steve Wilkinson, who have incorporated aspects of Shakespeare's Henry V and Henry IV. It's being directed by commercials director Michael Anderson, who we don't know too much about. Snyopsis: "In an age of apocalypse, in a land without a leader, a dissolute prince finds redemption when he crushes a rebellion that threatens to destroy his father's kingdom. But upon assuming the throne himself, he immediately engineers a war against a neighboring state to slake his lust for power. Despite his enemy possessing weaponry rendering their forces almost invincible, the newly crowned king seizes a glorious victory from the jaws of defeat by ruthlessness and cunning." Sounds okay.
I think this sounds fairly interesting, like it could potentially be quite fun. Or it could be terrible, only time will tell. At least it has an awesome cast - Caine, Winstone, Vinnie Jones - so it should have great dialogue. We'll keep you updated on this project and will let you know if we hear anything else new about its status.