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Michael Caine and Ray Winstone take Shakespeare into sci-fi territory

11.02.2010
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If you thought there weren't many more different ways to tell familiar stories, then how about Shakespeare with a science fiction twist?

HENRY 5 is a futuristic take on the Bard's play "Henry V", about the British King's invasion of France. The project is currently gathering an intriguing group that includes Sir Michael Caine, Ray Winstone, Gerard Depardieu, Derek Jacobi and... well, Vinnie Jones.

The movie will be directed by Michael Anderson (one of Ridley Scott's commercials crew, so the visuals should be impressive) and comes from Darclight Pictures. The synopsis: In an age of apocalypse, in a land without a leader, a dissolute prince finds redemption when he crushes a rebellion that threatens to destroy his father's kingdom. But upon assuming the throne himself, he immediately engineers a war against a neighboring state to slake his lust for power.

Despite his enemy possessing weaponry rendering their forces almost invincible, the newly crowned king seizes a glorious victory from the jaws of defeat by ruthlessness and cunning. But for all his wiles there's one thing the young monarch has overlooked. Just as he's prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure victory, so is his enemy...

This isn't the first time Shakespeare's material has traveled down the sci-fi path -- the classic FORBIDDEN PLANET was a variation of "The Tempest".

Extra Tidbit: Jacobi also appeared in Kenneth Branagh's acclaimed 1989 film version of the story.

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12:21PM on 11/03/2010
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12:19PM on 11/03/2010
How is anyone against this? It was already done w/ Forbidden Planet . . .
How is anyone against this? It was already done w/ Forbidden Planet . . .
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10:20AM on 11/03/2010
I love all the actors involved, and Vinnie Jones would be interesting in Shakespeare, but I don't need, or want, a futuristic Shakespeare movie. It's just TOO out there.
I love all the actors involved, and Vinnie Jones would be interesting in Shakespeare, but I don't need, or want, a futuristic Shakespeare movie. It's just TOO out there.
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5:12AM on 11/03/2010

Caine and Winstone and Anderson, oh my!

This movie sounds like it could work. Especially with Caine and Winstone involved! These two actors are talented in bringing depth to the characters they protray. Plus, with someone from Scott's crew involved, I'm sure it'll be awesome. It also has the crazy tough and yet likable Vinnie Jones involved. Can't wait to see who he'll play.
This movie sounds like it could work. Especially with Caine and Winstone involved! These two actors are talented in bringing depth to the characters they protray. Plus, with someone from Scott's crew involved, I'm sure it'll be awesome. It also has the crazy tough and yet likable Vinnie Jones involved. Can't wait to see who he'll play.
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11:31PM on 11/02/2010
meh. I thought the movie 10 Things I Hate About You did a very good job with the whole Shakespeare twist.
meh. I thought the movie 10 Things I Hate About You did a very good job with the whole Shakespeare twist.
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10:53PM on 11/02/2010
A sci fi adaptation of one of my favorite Shakespeare plays with two badass actors? Oh hell yes.
A sci fi adaptation of one of my favorite Shakespeare plays with two badass actors? Oh hell yes.
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