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Fox Adds Modern Day ‘Hamlet’ To Its Development Slate

"America’s Son" would transplant the action to Washington D.C., as a man attempts to avenge his father's highly suspicious death.

William Shakespeare’s Hamlet has been a popular source for adaptation and an inspiration for centuries. But now, Fox has its own spin on the classic tale in development.

According to Deadline, screenwriter Paul Redford has signed a deal with Fox to develop "America's Son," a new political thriller that takes the basic Hamlet story and sets it within the intrigue of Washington D.C. in the present day.

"America's Son" is said to follow a man investigating the death of his father, a highly regarded presidential candidate who dies in a car wreck. Convinced that his father's death was no accident, the son embarks on a quest to unravel the secrets of his family and avenge his father. The project already has a script commitment with a penalty, with Redford set to executive produce "America's Son" alongside Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey from Steven Spielberg's Amblin TV; which was formerly known as Dreamworks TV.

Prior to "America's Son," Redford spent five seasons on "The West Wing" and also wrote for "Dirty Sexy Money."

This isn't the first time that "Hamlet" has been given an updated setting. Kenneth Branagh's 1996 adaptation (pictured above) took place during the 19th century, while the Hamlet film by Michael Almereyda re-envisioned Ethan Hawke's title character as a film student in present day New York. FX's "Sons of Anarchy" also borrows heavily from Hamlet while using the world of motorcycle clubs as a backdrop for its tale of revenge and betrayal.


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