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Frailty, Thy Name is Emile!

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 4, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 4, 2009 |


The other day, just goofing around on iMDB, I typed in “Hamlet,” and got back 67 title matches and then thought to myself, “Wow. That’s not nearly enough versions of Hamlet on the big screen and small. You know what they say, right? ‘68’s the charm.’” And then I thought: You know what they should do? Update it. Shakespeare’s so 1599. What I’d like to see is a modern retelling of that old classic. And you know what’d be great? To get that kid from Speed Racer to play Hamlet. Emile Hirsch would be a perfect successor to Laurence Olivier, Mel Gibson, and Kenneth Branagh. And then … and then … and then, I thought: Let’s give it a little Twilight sparkle for the kids, you know. Wouldn’t it be great if they got Twilight’s director, Catherine Hardwicke, to direct it?

It’s like Hollywood was reading my mind, man. According to Variety:

Overture Films is developing a modern-day adaptation of “Hamlet” to star Emile Hirsch. “Twilight” helmer Catherine Hardwicke is on board to direct, with Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen producing.

The only thing missing is Kirsten Dunst as Gertrude. It’s nice to know that Hollywood and I are on the same wavelength these days. I think I’m going to go type in Taxi Driver on iMDB now and see what happens.



Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.



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