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‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’ Will Go Undead to a Theater Near You

Jane Austen is a zombie hunter, Abraham Lincoln’s going after vampires. It was only a matter of time before the Bard got into the act.

Indican Films has picked up the distribution rights to the indie film Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead. They’ve set a April 16 release date. An undead adaptation of Tom Stoppard’s play, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” the film is about a guy scoring his theatrical break directing an off Broadway version of “Hamlet.” The hapless hero will discover that this new adaptation of “Hamlet” is written by a master vampire.

Director Jordan Galland debuted his adaptation of Stoppard’s play at 2009’s Slamdance Film Festival. The film was also shown at the AFI Dallas and Hollywood festivals. Mike Landry of C Plus Pictures is the producer.

I’m trying to figure out how this is any kind of adaptation of Stoppard’s play, aside from the title. But that all remains to be seen when the film comes out in the spring.

It appears the film stars Waris Ahluwalia, Devon Aoki, Jake Hoffman, Kris Lemche, Ralph Macchio, Jeremy Sisto and John Ventimiglia. The most interesting item is that the score is by Sean Lennon.

What do you think?

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Robin Ruinsky has been a writer since penning her autobiography in fourth grade. Along the way she's studied theater at Syracuse University, worked with Woody Allen starring most of the time on the cutting room floor. A segue into the punk rock scene followed but writing was always the main focus. She writes for various crafty, artsy magazines about people who make craftsy, artsy collectible things. But her first love is writing fiction and film criticism which some people think are the same thing.

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