June 3, 2009

Emile Hirsch brainstorming on an "age appropriate" modern day version of Hamlet?

Seems as much (it's also been a day for remake news it seems), if this piece in Variety is to be believed:
Overture Films is developing a modern-day adaptation of "Hamlet" to star Emile Hirsch. "Twilight" helmer Catherine Hardwicke is on board to direct, with Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen producing.
Ron Nyswaner ("Philadelphia," "The Painted Veil") is adapting the Shakespeare story into a tale set in contempo America.
Jinks and Cohen credited Hirsch with coming up with the idea for the modernized version. The producers noted that there hasn't been a movie version with an appropriately aged actor playing the role. Overture said it hopes to have a finished script in the coming months, with principal photography commencing soon thereafter.
Hirsch previously worked with Jinks and Cohen on "Milk" and with Hardwicke on "Lords of Dogtown."
"Hamlet" has been adapted numerous times for the screen, including Laurence Olivier's 1948 version, which won the best picture Oscar.
Other notable "Hamlet" pics include a 1969 version directed by Tony Richardson and starring Nicol Williamson, Franco Zeffirelli's 1990 film starring Mel Gibson and Kenneth Branagh's 1996 version.
-This has huge potential if it comes together properly, but that's a big if...what do you think?


  1. love the sound of it

  2. same here...director isn't so great, but I can get past that with the high class writer

  3. Hardwicke did good with Thirteen, so let's not forget that

  4. indeed...this has the makings of being something special

  5. big fan of Emile...he'll knock this one out of the park!

  6. be nice to see him make up for the into the wild snub