Seemingly out of left field, the BBC and executive producer Sam Mendes (Skyfall) have developed an incredibly huge production within the Focus Features series. The Hollow Crown adapts William Shakespeare’s four classic plays, Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V, and brings them to the small screen with an excellent cast that includes Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, and Ben Whishaw, as the titular kings along with other notable stars Patrick Stewart,John Hurt, Simon Russell Beale, and Rory Kinnear.
Take a look at the trailer below and you’ll see how incredibly huge this production was, spanning the reigns of three kings with a total running time of over 500 minutes of screen time. The series has numerous nominations for BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) including Ben Whishaw for leading actor and Simon Russell Beale for supporting actor, and the Richard II episode for Best Single Drama.
The Hollow Crown will air on PBS’ Great Performances starting Friday September 20th, so set your DVR accordingly. The series will also be released on iTunes, VOD, and DVD on August 27th.
Bryan Singer opted out of directing a reboot to 1981’s Excalibur, and is instead going to be working a Battlestar Galactica film. Now Deadline has reported that Universal Pictures has hired screen writer John Orloff to write the Singer directed picture, a reported sequel to the 1978 television series (NOT the updated one). Once Bryan to finishes 2012’s Jack The Giant Killer they can get started on filming intergalactic space battles between murderous robots and the last of the human race.
Orloff received an Emmy nomination for the HBO war series Band of Brothers and his latest picture, the Shakespearean mystery Anonymous, about the mystery of who actually wrote the plays under the name of William Shakespeare looks to be quite the nail bitter.
While Orloff seems an adequate enough writer, I am NOT sold on the idea of a BSG film, especially from Singer. BSG (2003) was one of the very, very few remakes that improved on the original and this douche canoe, whom has destroyed the Superman franchise, is going in for Sci-Fi sloppy seconds (technically sloppy thirds)?! Why would anyone hire this man to do another franchise reboot?