Daily Read (5/5/16)

I hear some of you like Benedict Cumberbatch? Here he is talking about playing Richard III in the new season of The Hollow Crown. (I just glanced at the cast list for that episode and it’s GREAT, of course.)

Apparently Josh Boone has confirmed he’s written a script for the Interview with the Vampire reboot. Maybe I will finally get around to reading that book.

Huh: A modern Midsummer Night’s Dream with Rachel Leigh Cook, Hamish Linklater, Avan Jogia, Lily Rabe, and others?

Speaking of Shakespeare: Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts may star in Ophelia, based on the Lisa Klein novel based, of course, on Hamlet.

FX has optioned Don DeLillo’s forthcoming novel Zero K.

E! Developing Modern Hamlet, Great Expectations, The Prince & the Pauper

E!E! unveiled its new scripted development slate yesterday, and it includes not one but three contemporary adaptations of classic literature. Remember, these projects are just in development and it’s possible none will see the light of day, so don’t get too excited yet. But here’s what might be in store for us:

Expectations, based on Great Expectations, is “a soap about a morally corrupt family in the diamond business set in New York City.” It’s written by Ron Bass (Mozart and the Whale) and produced by Dan Jinks (American Beauty, Emily Owens M.D.).

The Stand-In is from Ryan Seacrest (yes, that one) and based on Twain’s The Prince & the Pauper:

“A darkly psychological re-telling of “The Prince & the Pauper” set behind the scenes of one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses, who, tired of the spotlight, runs away in search of a normal life. Desperate, her family secretly hires a look-a-like to step into the star’s glamorous world and high profile career – only to have the doppelganger slowly lose herself in the process of becoming someone else.”

And The Royals, from Mark Schwahn of One Tree Hill:

“Part fairy tale, part cautionary tale, this contemporary family ensemble is steeped in all of the regal opulence of the British Monarchy and framed by Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It’s a tale of men and women corrupted by power, wealth and desire while looking at the nature of celebrity from a Royals’ point of view.”

(All quotes from the press release.)