Hamlet: “the Devil made them do it” version

Ten years ago, my flatmates and I had an ongoing conversation about doing a horror production of Hamlet where the Ghost really was a devil. In Act Two, Hamlet wonders if the Ghost is an evil spirit preying on his depression:

The spirit that I have seen
May be a devil: and the devil hath power
To assume a pleasing shape: yea, and perhaps
Out of my weakness and my melancholy,
As he is very potent with such spirits,
Abuses me to damn me.

and we thought it could be fun to see what would happen if he was right to wonder that. Read more...

Four Shakespeare plays that deserve teen comedy remakes

So I consider myself kind of an expert on movies about teenagers based on Shakespeare. I have voluntarily sat through every Shakespeare teen comedy adaptation I know of: not only 10 Things I Hate About You (which is brilliant) and My Own Private Idaho (which is good), but She’s The Man (which is dire, even if Amanda Bynes is never not delightful).

Eventually, of course, I hope the whole Shakespearean canon will get the teen remake treatment (oh man, can you imagine the Gossip Girl-style miniseries based on the Henry VIs? Because I can, and it’s glorious). But Hollywood, while you’re getting the funding together for that, here’s a few ideas for adapting the next teen Shakespeare movie:

1. Richard III