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Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

Once again, there seem to be several new Shakespeare films in the pipeline. Since these films are not generally Blockbusters, their fate is often in limbo. And some of these will appear on television rather than in theaters.

But here are a few that we’ve heard of, in no particular order.

  • Michael Radford, who previously directed Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice (2004), has cast Pacino in the title role in King Lear. It’s currently in pre-production.
  • With an all-star cast, Coriolanus is set to start shooting next week in Serbia.  Ralph Fiennes will direct and play the title role along with cast members Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave,  Gerard Butler, and John Kani.
  • Already in post-production and awaiting the fallout from the Miramax mess is Julie Taymor’sThe Tempest. It stars Helen Mirren as Prospera, and features Alan Cumming as Sebastian, Felicity Jones as Miranda, , Chris Cooper as Antonio, Djimon Hounsou as Caliban,  and Alfred Molina as Stephano. A release date has not been set.
  • Those who missed Patrick Stewart’s Macbeth when it toured the world in 2008 will get a chance when Rupert Goold’s film is released. It looks like it will air onPBS in the U.S.
  • And speaking of Patrick Stewart, he plays Claudius opposite David Tennant in the highly acclaimed production of Hamlet. The DVD is set to go on sale on May 4, 2010.

Please add your comments about any of these.

One Comment


  • All of these look great, but what I really need is another film version of Much Ado About Nothing. I have the Branagh version, the Sam Waterston version, the Shakespeare ReTold version and the Stuart Burge version. I need five versions for a film clip comparison activity, and I can’t find a 5th version on DVD ANYWHERE. LoMo, do you know if the Folger did any recordings of the Much Ado that went on last year?


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