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30 January 2016 @ 12:07 pm
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Young William Shakespeare TNT Pilot ‘Will’ Casts Lead, Shekhar Kapur To Direct


(Deadline is marked as spam on LJ, so I hope this will get around it)

*runs in singing 'I hate everything about this paragraph, la la la'*

Elizabeth helmer Shekhar Kapur is directing the pilot, which comes from Craig Pearce, the longtime writing partner of auteur filmmaker Baz Luhrmann. It tells the wild story of young William Shakespeare’s (Davidson) arrival onto the punk rock theater scene that was 16th century London – the seductive, violent world where his raw talent faced rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous side-shows. It’s described as the hot, contemporary, dangerous version of Shakespeare’s life, played to a modern soundtrack, exposing all his recklessness, lustful temptations and brilliance.

*runs back out again screaming 'look it's not your grandma's Elizabethan period, aren't we soooo contemporary'*

ugh ugh ugh

(also, weirdly, I can't tell whether this has any connection to that "Shakespeare-in-Love-meets-Game-of-Thrones" CW pilot that involved witches and conspiracies or whatever, or if this is in fact an entirely different Shakespeare pilot.)
Spackle: sandman: delirium (and frogs)spacklegeek on January 30th, 2016 10:06 pm (UTC)
*shifty eyes*

...As long as they get the costuming right I'd probably watch this.

*sidles back into my trash can*
tempestsarekind: peddlers of bombasttempestsarekind on January 31st, 2016 12:43 am (UTC)
I mean, I probably would too, even if it's just to yell "NO" at the screen a lot. (My tolerance for that varies; I had to stop watching The Tudors six episodes or so into the first season because everything about it was giving me rage-spots in front of my eyes.) It just sounds so full of itself, you know? I don't need accuracy; one of my favorite movies is Shakespeare in Love! But all the "Shakespeare was totally hot and full of lustful temptations!" stuff is grating.
Spackle: stack of books and also teaspacklegeek on January 31st, 2016 04:55 am (UTC)
It does sound extremely full of itself.

I kind of want the ~modern soundtrack to actually be rap & hip-hop (a la this), because that could be really cool, but I don't have my hopes up.

And I agree with the thread below. Let Marlowe be the seductive punk (punk, really? really?) who lures homeboy in, etc etc.

A bisexual Jacobean ménage-à-trois would definitely have an audience in me, is what I'm saying.
tempestsarekind: trespass sweetly urgedtempestsarekind on January 31st, 2016 05:15 am (UTC)
Hip-hop does have the insistence of rhythm going for it - like blank verse, in its way.

I think Christopher Marlowe: Seductive Punk ought to be the name of the next Marlowe biography. One of those ones with "modern" hot pink writing on the cover, splashed over an old portrait. Like this one:

And if anything is appropriate to the spirit of Shakespeare's works, it is a bisexual Jacobean menage-a-trois. I mean, Twelfth Night? The Merchant of Venice?
a_t_raina_t_rain on January 31st, 2016 12:23 am (UTC)
I'd probably watch it too, although it does sound like it really ought to be about Marlowe instead of Shakespeare.
tempestsarekind: marlowe--he fights crimetempestsarekind on January 31st, 2016 12:48 am (UTC)
It does, doesn't it? I know Shakespeare is more famous and everything, but I don't understand why various historical media things keep trying to make Shakespeare into a sexy bad boy who spent all of his time in brothels. (or joined in on the Gunpowder Plot before fighting vampires, what are you even doing, Graham Holderness?) Probably most of what he did was sit around and write plays and do shareholder-type things once he became one, that one William the Conqueror anecdote notwithstanding.

Marlowe, on the other hand…

And I am concerned about the presence of Shekhar Kapur, since it's not like he has a great track record for telling comprehensible stories about the Tudor period.
a_t_raina_t_rain on January 31st, 2016 02:16 am (UTC)
And Beaumont and Fletcher, for that matter! I bet a show featuring a bisexual Jacobean menage-a-trois would find an audience...

I feel like if there were any good gossip about Shakespeare, Ben Jonson would certainly have known it and told Drummond about it. (For that matter, I'd watch the heck out of a show about Jonson.)
tempestsarekind: all the world's a stagetempestsarekind on January 31st, 2016 03:07 am (UTC)
I feel like if there were any good gossip about Shakespeare, Ben Jonson would certainly have known it and told Drummond about it.

Exactly! There aren't any famous stories for writers to build on, so it's peculiar to me that they keep trying.

I wonder if a bisexual Jacobean menage-a-trois could air on TNT, though…However, maybe that pilot would have stayed with HBO instead!