Anne Hathaway to Star in New 'Taming of the Shrew' Film Adaptation
William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is one of the playwright's most famous works, having been adapted for film as far back as 1908 when the first movie version was directed by D.W. Griffith. Those who never read Shakespeare in school might recognize the story from the 1967 Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton film, or the modern update in 99's 10 Things I Hate About You, which starred a few of Hollywood's biggest future stars. Now The Wrap reports that another young Hollywood A-lister, Anne Hathaway, is in talks to play a lead role in a new modern adaptation of the play from screenwriter Abi Morgan (Shame).
The outlet isn't clear about whether Morgan would also direct the film, saying only that she'll "handle" the adaptation (way to be unnecessarily vague). A quick glimpse at her filmography indicates that this would be her first foray into directing, so we're expecting someone else's name to come up for this gig soon. Debra Hayward, a former executive with Working Title Films who started her own company called Monumental Pictures, will produce this as the first film in a newly-signed first-look deal at her old home, Working Title.
For Anne Hathaway, this reunion with Working Title should have special significance, since the company produced her awards-contender period musical Les Miserables. Hathaway just won a Golden Globe last night for her performance as Fantine, and seems destined to take home the Best Supporting Actress award at next month's Oscar ceremony. Will working on another acclaimed adaptation produce similar success for the actress? Now that Steven Spielberg has delayed Robopocalypse (in which she was set to star), perhaps she'll have time to find out sooner rather than later. We'll keepa watch on this adaptation.