The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0054 Friday, 16 January 1998.
Date: Wednesday, 14 Jan 1998 07:49:31 EST
Subject: Modern adaptations with new text
In the late 1980s (?) there was a modern film adaptation of The Tempest
starring Molly Ringwald with modernized text and some story
adaptations. There was also a movie called My Own Private Idaho which
had many similarities and some themes and a small amount of original
text from Henry IV. Does anyone know of any other of these types of
adaptations? Are any very good?
I didn't find the above two very thrilling but I'm interested if there
is a well done version of such a thing. I don't mean as a way of
presenting the plays (I think modern versions can do fine without
changing the text) but as spin-offs- separate adaptations - the way that
Apocalypse Now was based on Heart of Darkness or the way some of
Shakespeare's plays were based on other earlier works.