In the midst of the 2010 Sundance and Slamdance film festivals we've got good news regarding a film that premiered in Park City last year. Jordan Galland's vampire movie "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead," which has been described as a cross between Terry Gilliam, Woody Allen and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," has finally been picked up for distribution, according to Variety. Indican Pictures scored the rights, and currently plans to release the comedy in theaters on April 16 of this year.
I'm surprised it's taken this long for the movie, which takes its name from the Tom Stoppard play "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead," to be acquired. When we debuted a clip from the film a year ago, "Rosencrantz" had some great buzz around it. And in the 12 months since, it has amused audiences at other film fests, such as Dallas, Hollywood and Stony Brook. Plus, it's a movie about vampires, which I'm sure you've heard are hot right now thanks to "Twilight" and "True Blood."
The premise involves a loose stage production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet," in which the character of Horatio is a 2000-year-old vampire. In addition to the play-within-the-film, one of the main characters putting on this show -- specifically the actor playing Horatio (John Ventimiglia of "The Sopranos") -- is a vampire himself. The film also stars Devon Aoki, Jake Hoffman, Jeremy Sisto, Kris Lemche and Ralph Macchio. Yes, the original Karate Kid.
The idea of combining vampires with Shakespeare is pretty ingenious. It certainly goes along with the new trend of inserting monsters into classic literature ("Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters"). Yet Galland isn't the only person to imagine such a thing.
Sketch comedy group Eat, Drink and Be Larry also made a feature film titled "Hamlet The Vampire Slayer." And let's not forget how we all imagined vampires infiltrating Catherine Hardwicke's upcoming update on "Hamlet" because she helmed the first "Twilight" film.
Indican is a pretty small distributor, so we shouldn't expect a very wide release for "Rosencrantz," which is also notable for having a score composed by Sean Lennon. But if you want to see the Bard with a little more bite, at least be sure to look for the film on DVD whenever it becomes available.
Do you like the idea of adding vampires to "Hamlet"? Do you hope "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead" makes it to a theater near you?