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Horrible Histories Team Plan Bill
Shakespeare in loving spoofery?

13 May 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: BBC Films

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Horrible Histories

Never ones to let a popular franchise or creative team go untapped these days, the Beeb’s film division is backing a movie from the Horrible Histories bods. Their target for the big screen? One Bill.I.am Shakespeare, Esq. Okay, William.

Richard Bracewell is set to direct from Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond's script, which delves into the origin story of Shakespeare. Or at least, their interpretation of it…

Bill, as it will be called, tells the story of how hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare leaves his family and home to follow his dream. It’s a tale of murderous kings, spies, lost loves, and a plot to blow up Queen Elizabeth. Can one man prove the quill is mightier than the sword? “It’s a comedy adventure for all the family,” the writers say in a statement. “We're playing with history, just as Shakespeare did, for the entertainment of the audience. And we like to think he'd be OK with it. Apart from the bit where he's dressed as a tomato."

Histories regulars Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick plus Rickard and Willbond are set to crop up in various roles, Python-style. Filming should gear up later this year in the UK. If you have tears of laughter, prepare to shed them… whenever the film arrives in cinemas. At any rate, it should be less historically offensive than Anonymous, right?


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If Stupids death isn't in it I dont care!. Why shakespeare! surely the Romans or greeks would of been more interesting? ! More

Posted by Dannybohy at 16:37 on 14 May 2013 | Report This Post

Could be fun but seems, at face value, somewhat at odds with the whole point of 'horrible histories' More

Posted by djezz at 10:51 on 14 May 2013 | Report This Post

Love Horrible Histories and lets face it, it can't be any worse than that pile of shite Anonymous. More

Posted by mike2005 at 22:58 on 13 May 2013 | Report This Post


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