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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Hamlet as an action horror film?

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke talked with Movieline about her plans for the Emile Hirsch-led contemporary update of Hamlet at the recent Young Hollywood Awards.

Tone wise, Hardwicke says "It's really like a thriller. From the day Hamlet's father dies, three days later eight people are dead and a ghost is telling him to murder for revenge so we're doing it as a suspense thriller".

There'll be some additions as well - "All the action that often is off camera, we're showing it in great vivid detail. It's scary...you're going to see a lot of crazy stuff."

Asked about comparisons with another contemporary set Hamlet, Michael Almereyda's 2000 drama starring Ethan Hawke, Hardwicke says her film will be a lot "shorter and tighter".

Anyone else hear alarm bells after reading that?

Source: Dark Horizons

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The Russian said...

It's going to stink.

pamela fruendt said...

why mess with perfection? ws's version is the best. i agree with the russian.