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Soon Modern Day ‘Hamlet’ On TV

Submitted by on September 21, 2012 – 12:10 pm Comments

Since the time Hamlet was written by Shakespeare, it has tickled the fancy of actors and directors alike. From the stage to the silver screen, Hamlet has been retold and reenacted numerous times, not only by the greatest, but also the lesser actors of every generation. Therefore it was but a matter of time, before a modern day version, was made for television.

It’s slated to be a drama that is being brought to you by Fox and it’s been christened America’s Son. When a beloved presidential hopeful dies in a tragic car wreck, a renegade JFK Jr. type returns home to D.C. to discover his father’s death was no accident — and he makes it his mission to untangle a complicated web of family secrets, expose the truth and ultimately avenge the murder. Politics is something that has intrigued the masses from a time much before Shakespeare, he therefore wrote Hamlet. Writer Paul Redford too probably realizes that politics is the most interesting thing in America today, therefore a modern-day version of Hamlet set in America, had to involve an American political family, for it to engage the audience.

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For the uninitiated, the story of Hamlet is set in the Kingdom of Denmark. It’s basically about the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering King Hamlet, Claudius’s brother and Prince Hamlet’s father, and then succeeding to the throne and taking as his wife Gertrude, the old king’s widow and Prince Hamlet’s mother. The play vividly portrays both true and feigned madness – from overwhelming grief to seething rage – and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.

It would be really interesting to see, how close to Shakespeare’s version, America’s Son shall be. It’s fascinating how the basic theme of Hamlet can still be adapted in today’s modern age, and its only because modern day politics world over suffers from the same kinds of ailments like moral corruption and treachery, that it did hundreds of years ago. Hamlet is joining Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, and Sleepy Hollow in the rampant trend of new TV series modernizing classics.

Nigel Owen

Nigel is a graduate from Birmingham University, Nigel has worked for about 8 years in the banking industry, until one day he discovered his passion for writing. It basically gives him the opportunity to enlighten himself about subjects and things that he normally might not come across.

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