Another potential series is looking to bring Shakespeare into the modern age and onto television. This time the series would offer characters and plotlines taken from a variety of Shakespeare’s best known plays,rather than focusing on just one as previous projects have done. The project comes from Johnny Depp’s production company as well as the producers of the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo films.

The series would draw on characters and situations in a selection of Shakespeare’s plays, Deadline says, bringing them into modern situations and adding to the stories. There’s no word yet concerning which plays will be chosen to get the modern treatment. The project seems to be part of a slew of recent Shakespeare-inspired projects that includes a modern version of ofHamlet at Fox and an updated version of West Side Story over at ABC (which is, of course, originally based on Romeo and Juliet). Julia Roberts also recently sold a comedy called The Taming of the Shrew to ABC, which borrows a Shakespeare title but not the plot.

The latest attempt to take The Bard to the small screen finds Johnny Depp’s production company Infinitum Nihil partnered with Yellow Bird Productions (the Dragon Tattoo folks) as well as Tom Fontana (Oz, Copper). The potential series would be written by another Fontana – unrelated to Tom – Randall Fontana. Depp himself doesn’t seem all that closely tied to the project, least of all in a starring capacity, although I can think of a half dozen Shakespearean roles I would love to see him play.

TV Blend will keep you posted if the project finds a network.

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