Emmerich Oxford Movie On Track for 2010

Posted By on December 18, 2009

Those who have followed the authorship scuttlebutt over an extended period know that Roland Emmerich, director of such Blockbuster movies as Independence Day, The Patriot, and The Day After Tomorrow, has for some years been planning to produce a movie on the Shakespearean question.

“On hold” for an extended period due to Emmerich’s other projects,  it now appears that the film, Anonymous, is scheduled to begin filming in March with a 2010 release date.

Emmerich’s screenplay is by the acclaimed John Orloff, who wrote Band of Brothers and A Mighty Heart.

Good, bad, ugly or brilliant, the film is sure to have  a blockbuster impact on Shakespearean studies, given the extent to which our current view of Shakespeare is still substantially predicated on the misinformation of such films as the 1998 Shakespeare in Love, not to mention such ostensibly scholarly tomes as Samuel Schoenbaum’s  Shakespeare’s Lives (1975, 1991), or Stephen Greenblatt’s Will in the World (2004).

About the author

Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, forensic literary studies, MS studies, renaissance literature, and the history of the Shakespearean question, the latter a field in which he has published extensively.


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