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MEIRELLES IS IN LOVE WITH THE BARD

Movie NewsMicah RobinsonComment

http://chud.com/nextraimages/fernchud.jpgDespite the fact that Daniel Craig moved on from his upcoming film Blindness, Fernando Meirelles is moving full steam ahead and in directions you might not expect given his rather grim filmography thus far, which includes The Constant Gardener and City of God (and Blindness is every bit as bleak). After that onslaught of onscreen heaviness – which, if we were talking musical heaviness, would be the equivalent of a new Napalm Death platter – Meirelles has decided he doesn’t quite distrust humanity as much as it seems, and will try his hand, indirectly, at Shakespeare.

Loose or restaged adaptations of the Bard are nothing new. We’ve had a pretty healthy subgenre of those types of movies ranging from the ambitious (Titus) to the manic (Baz Luhrmann’s take on Romeo and Juliet) to the just plain stupid (the “Dim Summmmmm!”-afflicted Romeo Must Die). Meirelles will be adapting from Love’s Labor Lost, which is not the original text, but rather a Brazilian novel that set the story amidst international students in Brazil, London, Denmark, and New York. According to the man himself, "I like comedy a lot and I have done some for Brazilian television, but somehow my films like City of God and The Constant Gardner are all these very dark subjects. I should probably talk to my psychologist about that." I believe this was from an interview with No Duh magazine, but I’ll check to be sure.

Anyhoo, this is going to be a little ways off being that he’s still finalizing casting for Blindness. Right now, the plan is to start shooting this at the end of 2009, which means he’ll be making his movie among the true life events that inspired Freejack. I just know McCandless better not fuck with this.