A sci-fi movie based on a Shakespeare play?
Hey, it's been done before -- remember "Forbidden Planet," the 1956 take on "The Tempest?" That was back when Leslie Nielsen was actually trying to be taken seriously as an actor.
Serious thespian types are certainly lined up for "Henry 5," a post-apocalyptic take on the Bard's "Henry V," including Michael Caine, Ray Winstone and Gerard Depardieu.
Vinnie Jones is in it, too... which is kind of cool, actually. Hey, soccer players can do Shakespeare. Why not?
According to The Playlist, "Henry 5" will be directed by Michael Anderson, a cinematographer turned director who's done commercial work for Ridley Scott Associates, so you know it will at least look really pretty. However, Anderson will be hard-pressed to top Kenneth Branagh's 1989 adaptation of the play, which is considered by many to be one of the best Shakespeare movies out there.
Meanwhile, Julie Taymor's crazy-hippie take on "The Tempest" opens Dec. 10.