Jude Law says he and Sienna Miller are not engaged, but he is happy to be back together and nominated for a Tony award.
Emile Hirsch and one-time Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke aren't the only ones planning another big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet — there's also one in the works that will target the High School Musical audience. A 3-D musical movie version of Hamlet is coming our way, apparently "the first of six adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays, based on musical versions created by UK theater company Shakespeare 4 Kidz." The other films in the series include Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest.
Today's article in Variety asserts that "Hamlet lends itself to a 3-D treatment. The producers hope to include a ghost that hovers in front of the aud's eyes, cannon fire that flies into the auditorium, and a sword fight that appears to happen all around viewers." But I think if I were younger, this is the part I would find particularly intriguing: the production company behind these musical 3-D movies will also shoot a TV show called Movie Quest — A Romeo 4 Juliet, "a public search to find two undiscovered young actors to play the lead parts of Romeo and Juliet." This should be interesting, at the very least.
To sparkle, or not to sparkle. That just may be the question when Catherine Hardwicke takes on some of William Shakespeare's most well-known material and makes it into a "modern-day supernatural thriller." The Twilight director is apparently teaming back up with Emile Hirsch (the two worked together on Lords of Dogtown) for this adaptation of Hamlet, which was initially Hirsch's idea. Here's more:
Hardwicke and screenwriter Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia) are working feverishly to transport the drama to a small East Coast liberal arts college where Hamlet's father is the president. The story will begin with Hamlet (Hirsch) returning home for his father's funeral, only to learn that his uncle, who has taken over his father's post, is responsible for his father's murder.
At first, Hardwicke thought the idea was "scary and crazy," but now she's armed with some ideas on how to go about this project. I appreciate what Hardwicke did with Thirteen, it's just the "supernatural" part of this news that seems a little dicey after Twilight. What do you think?