No, Seriously: 3D Hamlet Musical Movie in the Works
Shakespeare's Hamlet ranks alongside Romeo and Juliet, King Lear and Macbeth as one of his undisputed masterpieces of tragic theatre. With it, the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon crafted a melancholy and subtle meditation on revenge, politics, religion and philosophy. It's an enduring tale that's been retold by comics, movies, video games, music and a host of other mediums. Well, purists better get ready to shut up and strap in, because the Shakespeare 4 Kidz company recently greenlit the production of a 3D Hamlet movie-musical.
Citing the success of the "Disney-fication" of S4K's other treatments of Shakespeare's work, Hamlet in 3D promises that the "latest 3D technology brings added excitement to cinema audiences: a ghost that hovers in front of your eyes, cannon-fire that flies into the auditorium and a final sword-fight that seems to literally be all around you" for a film that will be "firmly targeted at the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and High School Musical market."
If the theatre buff in your life isn't despairing enough at this point, hit 'em with this nugget of knowledge: Hamlet in 3D is only the first of six planned 3D movie-musical treatments of the Bard's work, which will eventually include Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest.