Turns out that Indican Films has picked up the distribution rights to the popular indie film Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead. This hilarious flick will now be shown in select theaters on April 16, 2010. Woo!
The movie is about Julian Marsh who is a broke and jobless ladies man who gets lucky and lands a job directing an unusual adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. After casting his best friend and his ex-girlfriend in the show, Julian finds himself in the middle of a two thousand year old conspiracy that explains the connection between Shakespeare, the Holy Grail and some super sexy vampires. He comes to find out that the play was actually written by a master vampire named Theo Horace and now it’s up to Julian to recover the Grail in order to reverse the vampire’s curse.
You had to see this coming right? It was only a mater of time before someone mixed Shakespeare and vampires. Just look at how popular all the Quirk Books are. But after reading the reviews and seeing the trailer I already love this movie. It has a great cast, an amazing soundtrack, unique story and it looks beautiful. They’ve won me over.
Now, if you’re wondering why Hamlet and vampires, check out director Jordan Galland’s answer from an interview done here.
Q: Where did the idea come from to make a Hamlet vampire movie?
A: Actually Hamlet is very compatible with vampire mythology. Howard Bloom writes about it a little bit. His age is inconsistent throughout the play, and vampires, they’re gonna lie about their age. And there’s a scene where Hamlet says “now I could drink hot blood.” I’m not saying that Shakespeare was writing Hamlet as a vampire, but I’m also not ruling that out as a possibility. In college I studied a lot of that stuff – conspiracy theory, the Holy Grail. There were originally two versions of Hamlet: something called the Ur-Hamlet, which was another version –there’s a mystery around that text already, so I thought it would be fun to explore. Obviously there’s a limit to the amount of that you can do in a romantic comedy.
Now give the trailer a watch… because I say so.