Posted By Roger Stritmatter 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).