The Shakespeare adaptations, they just keep a-coming! On the heels of two King Lear pics, two wild re-dos of Macbeth, and Julie Taymor taking on The Tempest, Catherine Hardwicke has decided to jump on the bardwagon ... now that she's done with those PG vampires. Luckily, she's not crazy enough to take on Taymor and make it three dueling adaptations. The Hollywood Reporter posts that she'll helm a modern take on Hamlet, with Emile Hirsch starring.

It seems that Hirsch helped conceive the idea, which Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia scribe) will adapt, taking the themes of Hamlet and throwing them into contemporary America (again). Young Hamlet will have to decide whether he should kill his uncle and avenge his father's death. In other words, it sounds just like Ethan Hawke's Hamlet without the corporate intrigue. Milk producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen are whipping this up, and they say their "goal is to present the story as a suspense thriller. We want to make it exciting and accessible for an audience today." Taking into account Hardwicke's track record, I wonder -- all-age thriller, or Hamlet for the teen girl crowd?
Hawke's version was rather forgettable in the scheme of things, so maybe this could be the Romeo + Juliet adaptation for this generation. And Hirsch makes the whole thing sound interesting -- he's not a name that immediately pops in mind for this sort of thing. Then again, this could easily get lost in the rush if all of these dueling pictures come out around the same time.

Hirsch as Hamlet under the hands of Hardwicke: Yay or Nay?