June 26, 2012

Ivory Plans to Film Richard II in 3D

“Things sweet to taste prove in digestion sour,” warns John of Gaunt in Shakespeare's Richard II. Kind of how I feel about the preponderance of 3D films glutting the market. That said, I can't help but be intrigued by the idea of Bolingbroke and Mowbray dueling it out 14th-century style in 3D IMAX. Director James Ivory, of the famed duo Merchant Ivory Productions, has announced plans to film a 3D adaptation of Richard II. Merchant, who passed away in 2005, and Ivory were known for their lush period dramas, including Romancing the Tome favorites Remains of the Day, A Room with a View, and Howards End. While the new film is yet to be listed on IMDB, there is a TV adaptation of Richard II which was filmed at Pembroke Castle in Wales and is scheduled to premier on June 30 in the UK. So whom would you cast in Ivory's adaptation? --Kim

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