Two film adaptations, both alike in writer in the world of cinema where we lay our scene, from silent movies to colourful modernised versions, where poor performances make Shakespeare’s words unclean. From forth the respected pen of Julian Fellowes and Joss Whedon, a pair of Shakespeare adaptations hit the screen.
It’s often cited as the greatest love story ever told; a statement that completely ignores the chemistry between Heather Graham and Matt Le Blanc in LOST IN SPACE. But we have a new version of ROMEO AND JULIET on its way, from the writer of DOWNTON ABBEY. This film takes the story back to its roots and probably won’t involve guns or a bombastic soundtrack. The trailer’s a bit spoiler filled, so I don’t see why anyone would want to watch this in the cinema. They die…apparently.
In contrast, we have the black and white modernised take on MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, from THE AVENGERS director Joss Whedon. No word yet on any Marvel Phase 2 crossovers, but fingers crossed. The poster tries for a hipper audience, and boasts about big parties, alcohol, and snorkeling.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is released in the UK on the 14th June and in the US on the 21st June. It stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Reed Diamond, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher, and Jillian Morgese.
ROMEO AND JULIET is released in the UK on 26th July and is yet to receive a US release date. It stars Douglas Booth, Hailee Steinfeld, Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Stellan Skarsgard, Natascha McElhone, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tom Wisdom, Christian Cooke, and Lesley Manville.