Netflix announced yesterday they plan on releasing 80 films next year, and one of them is probably going to be Hamlet, as they are finalizing a deal with Riz Ahmed to play the title role.
Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet have been in a centuries-long race of most popular and reimagined Bard works, with Hamlet probably just beating out the tragic love story in terms of remakes. Here is the breakdown of this adaptation from the Deadline report:
Set in a modern-day London of economic and political uncertainty, the story follows the intersecting themes of familial honor, moral duty and dynastic corruption. Jim Wilson (Under the Skin, Attack the Block, You Were Never Really There) will produce. Netflix will finance and distribute.
Sure, Hamlet has been done into infinity, but if Riz Ahmed wants to put his own spin on the tragic character I am here for that. Expect an updated sociopolitical take on the character in this version.
The report calls this Hamlet Ahmed’s personal take on the character, “his version,” but it’s unclear if he will direct. His friend, Mike Lesslie, who penned the screenplays for Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, is writing the screenplay. Stay tuned for updates as they come our way.