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Gillian Flynn to rewrite “Hamlet”


“Hamlet” is getting a book reboot. Author Gillian Flynn is planning to write a novel based on the Shakespeare classic to retell the play for contemporary readers.

In case you somehow missed one of the most famous plays in the world, “Hamlet” tells the story of the Prince of Denmark, instructed to avenge the murder of his father by his uncle Claudius, who has married Hamlet’s mother and assumed the throne.

In a statement Flynn said,

Hamlet has long been a fascination of mine: murder, betrayal, revenge, deceit, madness — all my favorite things. Add to that some of Shakespeare’s most intriguing, curious characters — from the titular brooding prince to rueful Ophelia — and what (slightly cheeky) writer wouldn’t be tempted to reimagine it?”

Flynn’s reworking of “Hamlet” will be a part of the Hogarth series where other famous writers will also rework famous Shakespearean plays. The Hogarth series will launch to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016. Other writers already tapped include Margaret Atwood (The Tempest),Tracy Chevalier (Othello), Jo Nesbø (Macbeth) and Anne Tyler (The Taming of the Shrew).

No official release date has been announced for the works.

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