What's more, he's already put together a stellar cast of thesps, including Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis and erm... Rhys Ifans (who will portray The Earl of Oxford, the main protagonist in this 16th Century political thriller). Slightly more intriguing than the recent news that Guy Ritchie is planning a King Arthur biopic ("Merlin, you muppet!"), is the recent revelation from Roland Emmerich that he's working on a film about the authenticity of Shakespeare's plays, titled Anonymous.
What's more, he's already put together a stellar cast of thesps, including Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis and erm... Rhys Ifans (who will portray The Earl of Oxford, the main protagonist in this 16th Century political thriller).
Emmerich, the 14th highest-grossing director of all time, isn't particularly well known for tackling quiet drama, having a CV that includes Independence Day, 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, and Godzilla, and preferring to blow up or crush anything he can get his hands on VERY LOUDLY. So what does The Great Destroyer himself have to say about this new project?
"It's a mix of a lot of things," said Emmerich to Empire Magazine recently. "It's an historical thriller because it's about who will succeed Queen Elizabeth and the struggle of the people who want to have a hand in it. It's the Tudors on one side and the Cecils on the other, and in between [the two] is the Queen. Through that story we tell how the plays written by the Earl of Oxford ended up labelled 'William Shakespeare'."
Hmmm, it seems that Roland knows more than we do, seeing as the authorship of Shakespeare's plays is one of the most hotly-contested conspiracy theories of our times, with Elizabethan super spy Christopher Marlowe and scientific revolutionary Sir Francis Bacon also included as potential creators of the Shakespearian canon.
So what will happen if Emmerich gets bored of all this period-costumed intrigue and decides to spice things up a bit? Will the Queen be a 20-storey high lizard out to stamp on Stratford? Will The Tudors have a wisecracking Will Smith on their side? And will Michael Bay follow suit with a 150 decibel remake of A Man For All Seasons?