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Patrick Stewart's Merchant
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0962  Tuesday, 31 October 2006

From: 		Tanya Gough <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 31 Oct 2006 08:50:59 -0500
Subject: 	Patrick Stewart's Merchant

Back in 2002-2003, two Merchant of Venice films were announced almost 
concurrently, one with Al Pacino and directed by Michael Radford, the 
other with (and I believe directed by) Patrick Stewart.  As we know, the 
Pacino film was completed, while the Stewart film was tabled to create 
more space between the two.  Last Saturday, I approached Patrick Stewart 
after his performance in the RSC Antony & Cleopatra and inquired about 
his film.

He told me that production begins in two week, presumably right after he 
finishes the RSC's Ann Arbor residency.  Apparently everything you need 
to know about the film will be posted on Ian McKellen's website 
(www.mckellen.com), though there doesn't appear to be anything there 
yet.  My understanding was that the original conception for Stewart's 
film was to be modern dress/corporate, but time will tell whether that 
approach will be maintained or not.

More details as they filter down.

Tanya Gough
The Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue
www.bardcentral.com

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