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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1103  Monday, 24 May 2004

[1]     From:   Nancy Charlton <
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        Date:   Saturday, 22 May 2004 19:43:17 -0700
        Subj:   Troy Films

[2]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Sunday, 23 May 2004 12:56:32 -0400
        Subj:   Romeo and Me Film in Works

[3]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Sunday, 23 May 2004 13:28:57 -0400
        Subj:   New Twelfth Night Spin-Off in Works


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From:           Nancy Charlton <
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Date:           Saturday, 22 May 2004 19:43:17 -0700
Subject:        Troy Films

I came across a web review of "Troy" which contained this paragraph:

QUOTE:

Similar Project Note: (11/14/02) Warner Bros. has another Trojan War
project in development, written by Michael Tabb (debut) for the Canton
Company (Driven, Angel Eyes), which would be more of a "romantic epic"
(that happens to take place during the Trojan War), based upon 'Troilus
and Cressida' by William Shakespeare. It appears, however, that they may
have put these two Trojan War projects in development with the aim of
actually only producing one, so the Troilus project may have been shelved.

UNQUOTE

I thought Brad Pitt a very unlikely Achilles, but he managed to play the
role with some depth. Mostly eye-candy of course, but the script was
worth listening to, with some obvious contemporary parallels with the
Agamemnon Anax Anaktwn. I liked the film much better than I was prepared
to, but still find it hard to imagine the Iliad without Cassandra or
Hecuba, to say nothing of the Olympian gods.

Assuming the Troilus film is produced and there's no overlap of actors
between the two, who should be cast?  Maybe Michelle Pfeiffer as
Cressida. This is a stretch, but I could image Danny DeVito as Pandarus.
  Keanu Reeves as Thersites. Any beautiful boy except Leonardo diCaprio
for Troilus; it should be someone who can speak well.

The article is: http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hp&cf=prev&id=1808444809

Nancy Charlton

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Sunday, 23 May 2004 12:56:32 -0400
Subject:        Romeo and Me Film in Works

 From comingsoon.net:
"Troy star Peter O'Toole will join Stephen Rea (The Crying Game) and
Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds) in Romeo and Me, a love story set during
World War II, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The film details the story of a beautiful, young woman on the Channel
Islands who falls in love with a soldier of the occupying German forces.

Romeo and Me, initially budgeted at about $8 million, aims to shoot in
the summer. Antony Bowman will direct from his own script."

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Sunday, 23 May 2004 13:28:57 -0400
Subject:        New Twelfth Night Spin-Off in Works

Also from comingsoon.net:
Bynes Starring in Untitled DreamWorks Film

Source: Variety
Wednesday, May 12, 2004

What a Girl Wants star Amanda Bynes is starring in an untitled film
being produced by Lauren Shuler Donner for DreamWorks, says Variety.

The project will be a contemporary take on Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"
- a story about the comic and romantic complications that ensue when a
teenage girl poses as her missing twin brother for two weeks.

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