In an interview promoting his latest role in Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock, Emile Hirsch opened up to Collider about another one of his projects.
Hirsch will be re-teaming up with his Lords Of Dogtown director Catherine Hardwicke to star in a modern-day retelling of Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Hirsch, who helped conceive the idea for this modern-day re-telling, described the project as...
...a modern-day younger adaptation of Hamlet, in verse, molded to be almost like this supernatural horror movie. Where it’s not a horror-slasher movie, it’s like a suspense-horror.
Who the what the? If the word our very talented actor is trying to say is "thriller", than I'm on board. But a horror style Hamlet with spooks and scares?
Hirsch elaborates further, explaining:
It’s almost like mixing Hamlet with The Shining a little bit and making this kind of scary/cool vision of the play. But all geared towards–all the cast will be much younger and it’s geared towards a younger audience.
So a Stanley Kubrick style Hamlet with horror elements geared towards a younger audience...? I'm kinda lost. it sounds interesting, but it's hard for me to picture it.
Hardwicke, the director who brought hard hitting looks at teen life in Thirteen and Dogtown, then went on to helm the first Twilight and will be taking on a gothic-style Red Riding Hood with themes very similar to Twilight. And now with this new take on Hamlet, she seems to be on a teen horror craze lately.
They hope to begin shotting Hamlet in October.
So what do you think of Hirsch and Hardwicke's horror Hamlet? Say that 4 times fast! It's a a lot of H's.