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Thursday, 26 February 2009

King Lear is dead...Long live King Lear

A Hollywood adaptation of Shakespearean tragedy King Lear has been cancelled after reportedly falling victim to the current global economic crisis.

The film was due to star Sir Anthony Hopkins in the title role alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Keira Knightly and Naomi Watts as the monarch's three daughters.

The $36 million (£25 million) production was announced at last year's Cannes Film Festival in France but has now been scrapped.

The decision was reportedly made after movie bosses found it difficult to secure the required investment.

A spokeswoman for Ruby Films, the production company behind the film, says, "Ruby are no longer doing it - the film will no longer go ahead. It has not really been announced."

The move now clears the way for a rival production from director Michael Radford, starring Al Pacino, which will still go ahead.

Who would you rather see as King Lear? Pacino or Hopkins?

Source: WENN

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