The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0285 Thursday, 10 February 2000.
Date: Wednesday, 9 Feb 2000 15:13:38 -0600
Subject: Miramax Hamlet
In light of the pre-release discussions that have appeared regarding
recent Shakespearean films, I was caught rather off guard by the review
of "Hamlet" in. the January 31 issue of "Variety." I had heard nothing
suggesting that such a film was being released.
The film appears to be a considerably updated version of the play, set
at New York's Hotel Elsinor and the halls of the Denmark Corp. The
Ghost makes his first appearance on the company's security companies and
digital imagery turns up at other points in the film.
The film is directed (and adapted) by Michael Almereryda and stars Ethan
Hawke. The somewhat unlikely cast includes Kyle MacLachan as Claudius,
Sam Shepard as the Ghost and Bill Murray as Polonius. It also includes
two former Hamlets, Liev Schreiber as Laertes and Diane Verona as
Gertrude (not many productions can feature Gertrudes who already have
credits as both Hamlet and Ophelia).
The "Variety" review suggests that the film is interesting without ever
quite working. It will be released in May.