Gone Girl writer to pen "slightly cheeky" reimagining of Shakespeare's Hamlet

Gillian Flynn is among a number of popular authors gather to reimagine the playwright’s classic works

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Gone Girl writer to pen "slightly cheeky" reimagining of Shakespeare's Hamlet
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Emma Daly

Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn has a new project on her hands – reimagining Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

This forms part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project, in which a group of authors will re-work the Bard’s classic works into modern prose for a 2016 series launch.

“Hamlet has long been a fascination of mine: murder, betrayal, revenge, deceit, madness – all my favourite things,” Flynn told the BBC.

“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?”

Other novelists involved in the project include Margaret Atwood, who is to take on The Tempest, Jeanette Winterson who will rework The Winter’s Tale and Howard Jacobson who will pen his own The Merchant of Venice.

Jacobson told the Daily Telegraph, “The idea of going near Shakespeare… you have got to be mad to think of going near it, let alone trying to write a rival version.

“I think it’s an enormously risky thing to go. Vainglorious, even. If a friend of mine told me they were going it, I’d say, ‘Who the bloody hell do you think you are’?”

No pressure then, eh?

Tackling Shakespeare adds to an already bumper time for Flynn, who has seen more than six million copies of her thriller Gone Girl fly off the shelves, while a movie version starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike will hit the big screen in October. 

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