Happy Birthday Shakespeare, Here's Five Unlikely Adaptations Of His Famous Works

Shakespeare might be celebrating his 450th birthday but the classic playwright is far from being irrelevant. Whilst his works have been adapted many times on screen, there are also many more unlikely films whose script owes more than a little to Shakespeare. Take these five for example, which prove that Shakespeare’s work is alway open to interpretation.

Amanda Bynes Amanda Bynes starred in She's the Man

She's the Man

The tale of a girl who disguises herself as a boy and ends up falling for a boy who thinks she’s a boy is surprisingly very Shakespearian. This 2006 Amanda Bynes vehicle took the premise of Twelfth Night, brought it to an American boarding school and added in a soccer theme creating a thoroughly modern twist on a Shakespeare classic. Only problem was, it wasn't that good. Still, it took over $57 million at the box office and has developed a cult following, apparently.

The Lion King

The writer’s of Disney’s The Lion King took their inspiration from Hamlet when making this animated classic. The story of a young prince (Simba) whose father (Mufasa) is killed by his uncle (Scar) is one of the greatest stories Shakespeare ever told. Move it to the animal kingdom and throw in some catchy tunes and you've got a Disney classic, oh and don't forget to add in a happy ending.

Julia StilesJulia Stiles was the shrew in 10 Things I Hate About You

10 Things I Hate About You

On the surface, this 1999 high school comedy starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles might look as far away from Shakespeare as you can get, but you'd be very wrong. 10 Things I Hate About You was based on The Taming of the Shrew and was actually a pretty faithful adaptation, albeit with a modern twist. Ledger played Patrick Verona, (based on Shakespeare’s Petruchio) an outsider who falls for a ‘shrew’ Kat (Julia Stiles) and goes about trying to, well, 'tame' her. See, pretty faithful.

My Own Private Idaho

The movie that launched River Phoenix’s all too short career finds its roots in Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts 1&2. In Gus Van Sant’s film Phoenix plays a young hustler who embarks on a journey of self discovery alongside Keanu Reeves. Despite the modern setting the film’s dialogue actually manages to paraphrase a lot of Shakespeare’s original text, whilst never sounding remotely old fashioned.

River PhoenixRiver Phoenix starred in My Own Private Idaho

Forbidden Planet.

Perhaps the most surprising title on the list is 1956 sci-fi adventure, Forbidden Planet. Despite being set in an alien world, its major plot points and themes are all borrowed from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. This one might neither look nor sound like Shakespeare, but it owes more than most to one of his best known classic works.

More: Here's five great stage Hamlets

More: Benedict Cumberbatch is next to play the famous prince


Tags: Amanda Bynes - Julia Stiles


More Amanda Bynes

Happy Birthday Shakespeare, Here's Five Unlikely Adaptations Of His Famous Works

Shakespeare might be celebrating his 450th birthday but the classic playwright is far from being irrelevant. Whilst his works have been adapted many times on...

Can Amanda Bynes Recover Her Career And Make A Comeback?

Last year Amanda Bynes’s career and personal life was in turmoil, the former Nickelodeon star was in the midst of a very public fall from...

Amanda Bynes Is Recovering From "No Mental Illness Whatsoever", Says Mother Lynn Bynes

Months after Amanda Bynes made news with her odd behavior and alleged mental illness, her mother, Lynn Bynes, is stepping up to defend her daughter...

Amanda Bynes' Mother & Lawyer Claim Actress Doesn't Have A Mental Illness

Amanda Bynes' personal wellbeing is vastly improving.The former Nickelodeon star is on the road to recovery after coming out of a near-6 month stay at...


Amanda Bynes Looks Healthy In Several Photos Of Herself Thanking Fans For Birthday Wishes

Amanda Bynes's road to recovery has definitely been successful so far.The 28 year-old has taken a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for Spring Break...

Amanda Bynes On The Road To Recovery, As A Fashion Student

Last year Amanda Bynes was hardly out of the headlines, this year, so far, the former actress has been keeping a relatively low profile as...

Amanda Bynes Looks Happy & Healthy At College Event

Amanda Bynes looked well as she attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise Debut Runway Show in Los Angeles on Friday March 21st. Bynes...

Amanda Bynes Reaches Plea Deal In DUI Case-Three Years Probation

Amanda Bynes is well on her road to recovery and has now reached a deal in a DUI case stemming from 2012.Richard Hutton, who is...



Amanda Bynes Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Amanda Bynes

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All