The novel opens with William Shakespeare on his deathbed, summoning his lawyer Francis Collins to his bedside in order to make some final amendments to his will. As he goes through the provisions of his will, Shakespeare reveals the stories of his life which both explain the elements of his will and reveal the inspirations behind his work. This therefore is a fiction which draws on Rush’s prodigious knowledge of the life and work of Shakespeare and presents to us the man behind the plays and sonnets. No other writer has attempted this.
Other successful Shakespeare films have portrayed different aspects of the playwright’s life – Will is the first film to show him talking about his life in the first person, with flashbacks to all the major incidents and loves of his life which contributed to the writing of his plays.
Shakespeare in Love took almost $300 million worldwide and Shakespeare remains the most famous name in the world in terms of theatre and the public interest in his life – Who was his Dark Lady? Why did he give only his “second bed” to his wife in his will? Did he have collaborators in his writing, or was it him alone? – shows no sign of slowing down around the world.
FOS is delighted to have signed a contract with legendary producer Stephen Evans to act as producer on the film. Stephen needs little introduction as one of Britain’s great producers, from his work with Kenneth Branagh on Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing to The Madness of King George and Peter’s Friends.