The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0355 Wednesday 3 March 1999.
Date: Tuesday, 02 Mar 1999 18:53:50
Subject: Miramax and Shakespeare
HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Miramax's Dimension Films label has acquired
worldwide rights to "O," an updated teen version of "Othello," which it
will release domestically in October.
Set in a modern high school, "O" stars Mekhi Phifer as Odin (Othello),
Josh Hartnett as Hugo (Iago), and Julia Stiles as Desi (you get the
idea). Also cast are Elden Hensen, Rain Phoenix, Andrew Keegan and
Tim Blake Nelson directed from a script by Brad Kaaya. Dimension paid
the filmmakers $4 million, and agreed to spend $10 million on prints and
The Bard has been good to Miramax, whose "Shakespeare in Love" has
racked up more than $60 million in domestic box office and 13 Oscar
The company recently acquired all rights to a modern-day version of
"Hamlet" starring Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Sam Shepard, Diane
Venora and Bill Murray.
Miramax is also big on updates of other classics. It recently issued
"She's All That," a high school-set version of the Pygmalion story.
Columbia Pictures will on Friday release "Cruel Intentions," a teen
version of "Dangerous Liaisons."