Fashion on Screen options acclaimed Shakespeare novel
Fashion on Screen has acquired an 18-month film and dramatic option in Will, the acclaimed novel based on the life of Shakespeare by Scottish writer Christopher Rush and published by Polygon an imprint of Edinburgh-based Birlinn Ltd.
The novel was first published in the UK and America in 2007, and SBK Productions – the film production company owned by Sir Ben Kingsley – took out an original film option on the novel in 2008, although the film did not reach production stage.
“Christopher wrote the most amazing, literate and entertaining novel I’ve read in years, and I’m both honored and excited to be part of bringing ‘Will’ to life,” Kingsley told The Hollywood Reporter.
“We are delighted to have snapped up these rights,” comments Tobias Steed, Managing Director of FOS “It seems only fitting that just as we finish celebrations of the 400th Anniversary of the Bard’s death, that we have the chance to reimagine the Bard’s life from where it ended, at his bedside.”
Will opens with William Shakespeare dying, his lawyer at his bedside. It is time to dictate his will. But how can a man put his affairs in order before he's come to terms with his past? Rush takes readers into the mind of William Shakespeare, a man whose almost superhuman art was forged from very human frailties and misfortunes. Will takes us back to Shakespeare's childhood, his first encounters with sex, and the dangers of politics, plague, and love. We hear the chilling account of the Tyburn executions, see him crossing the frozen Thames with the wooden beams that would become the Globe theatre, and return with him to Stratford on the heart breaking journey to bury his only son. We meet Christopher Marlowe, who this very year has been attributed co-authorship in some of Shakespeare’s later plays and whose death in Deptford is depicted here in all it’s gruesomeness. Rush has created an utterly irresistible figure whose voice rings true across four hundred years--irrepressible, bawdy, witty, and wise, his every word steeped in the situations and phrases of his own plays.
Fashion on Screen intends to work with the acclaimed poet, novelist, and Shakespeare professor Christopher Rush and a new scriptwriter to produce a new screenplay by early 2018. With Rush’s thirty years of scholarship and creativity behind us, Fashion On Screen aims to put this unforgettable re-imagining of the Bard's life into production by the end of 2018.
Acclaim for the novel:
'Startlingly poetic – excellent.' The Spectator
'This fictional autobiography does more than eulogize - Burgess is the only other novelist to pass this test.' Times Literary Supplement
'A fleshy novel indeed, gorgeous, garrulous and gross... brilliant and evocative.' The Independent
'A brilliantly witty and imaginative piece of writing' Classic FM
'Masterful, a lifetime's engagement with Shakespeare's words informs every page.'
James Shapiro, author of 1599
'Part literary genesis, part historical thriller. This ravenous soliloquy fairly bursts with life.' Publishers Weekly
'Christopher Rush boldly takes us where no man has gone for 400 years.' New York Post
'Rush has a deep connection to Shakespeare's language, and brings it back to life in this witty account of an extraordinary life' The Lady
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For further information contact: Tobias Steed, Managing Director, Fashion On Screen Ltd. Mobile: +44 (0) 7399 814 774 Tel: +44 (0) 203 872 8965 Tobias@FashionOnScreen.com
Polygon is an imprint of Birlinn Limited, an independent publisher established in 1992 by Managing Director Hugh Andrew and based in Edinburgh. Polygon publishes crime fiction, literary fiction and poetry, both classic and modern, from Scottish writers such as Denzil Meyrick, Liz Lochhead and George Mackay Brown as well as the international bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, as well as selected music and travel titles. Polygon was originally set up by students of Edinburgh University in the late 1960s and was acquired from Edinburgh University in 2002.
- Duncan Ward, Director
Photograph: Darren Berry
- Photograph: Darren Berry