Catherine Hardwicke (director of Twilight and Thirteen) is going to remake and modernize Shakespeare’s Hamlet (according to The Hollywood Reporter). Emile Hirsch (from Milk, Into the Wild, Speed Racer) is set to play Hamlet. The movie won’t take place in the rotten state of Denmark, but rather in contemporary America. It will have the same theme of whether Hamlet will avenge his father’s murder by killing his uncle. Hirsch said,
“It’s almost like mixing ‘Hamlet’ with ‘The Shining’ a little bit, and making this kind of scary-cool vision of the play.”
The script writer is set to be Ron Nyswaner who wrote Philadelphia and the producers are Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen who produced Milk. They said their goal is to, “to present the story as a suspense thriller. We want to make it exciting and accessible for an audience today.”
The people responsible for Twilight, Milk and Philadelphia with a touch of The Shining are going to retell Hamlet?… I have no idea how this movie will turn out. But Milk, Philadelphia and The Shining were all great movies, but Twilight… well you should already know how I feel about that. I guess I’ll be able to be a better judge whenever the preview comes out. Hardwicke is busy working on The Girl with the Red Riding Hood so the release date is pending.
Hardwicke also said,
“In our version, we’re working hard to make Hamlet a thrilling cinema experience – the violent, intense, and romantic scenes that happen ‘off-stage’ in the play will be shown in vivid detail.”
“Off-stage” hmm… I guess. We all know remakes of The Bards plays are nothing new. There was Hamlet with Ethan Hawk, O set in a high school, 10 Things I Hate About You remake of The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo + Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio and Clair Danes to name a few. How do you think Hardwicke will do?