Just in time for Oscar season, a star-studded film about the life of William Shakespeare, All Is True, will hit cinemas. It’s title was an alternate name for Shakespeare’s play Henry VIII.
The Guardian reports that Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench will star in a film about the life of William Shakespeare , All Is True, which will also be directed by Branagh. The film is cutting it close, releasing just one week before the cut-off for Oscar season. It has pretty strong competition from contenders like Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, Mary Queen of Scots and many more.
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The script is by esteemed writer, Ben Elton, and the film focuses on the deteriorating relationship between Shakespeare played by Kenneth Branagh and his wife, Anne Hathaway played by Judi Dench. After the death of their only son, Hammet, the couple struggles to compose their failing marriage.
Branagh has previously been involved in multiple on screen adaptations of Shakespeare’s work such as Henry V (1989), Hamlet (1996) and As You Like It (2006), just to name a few. He knows what he’s doing, his latest work was the reboot to Murder on the Orient Express in which he also starred and directed.
BBC have announced their plans for The Watch, an eight-part series based on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld book series.
Pratchett’s Discworld is beloved, and known as something of a parody of worlds created by the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare. Discworld also dabbles in mythology and fairytales which constructs a world like no other.
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The Discworld novels have sold more than ninety million copies worldwide and have been translated into over thirty different languages! Deadline reports that:
The character-driven series centers on Terry Pratchett’s misfit cops as they fight to save a ramshackle city of normalized wrongness, from both the past and future in a perilous quest.
Television writer Simon Allen has stated:
With events in our own world making the insanity of Discworld seem outrageously familiar, there couldn’t be a better time to bring Terry’s fun, fire and fury back to the small screen or a better place than BBC America. I’m grateful to them, BBC Studios and especially Rob Wilkins at Narrativia who has been a constant source of inspiration on this epic and emotional journey.
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Sounds like this series will be full of adventures that reflect world issues in a unique way. The show will be produced by BBC Studios and Terry Pratchett’s production company, Narrativa. Who would you like to see cast in the main roles?