Hamlet: A Modern Day Adaptation

September 18, 2009
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INT. Classroom - Day
TEACHER is teaching. HAMLET flicks through the door. He has his backpack. TEACHER stops teaching, the class just stares at HAMLET.
You went to New England and back in a half hour?
Classmates still staring.
Well, I didnt actually go. Our car broke down halfway down the block and--
--Never mind! Never mind...just take your seat and we’ll continue on with the lesson.
HAMLET sits down. He looks over at CLAUDIUS who’s scribbling notes down. He has an elvish grin on his face. CLAUDIUS stops writing, and hands the pad to LAERTES, who gives it to HAMLET. It’s a cartoon of Hamlet, dead on the ground, Laertes with a puzzled look, and Claudius with a crown on his head. LAERTES nudges him.
He challenges you. Tomorrow.
Hamlet! No passing notes!
The TEACHER picks up the note pad and glances at the cartoon, then slams it down.
Report to the pricipal’s office immidiately.
HAMLET picks up his junk and strides out the door. Just as he gets out into the hallway, GERTRUDE runs by him, tears in her eyes. HAMLET is puzzled, the continues on. As he turns a corner, red and blue lights are flashig on him. He starts running.
INT. Main Office - Day
HAMLET enters the office, which is empty. The secretary isn’t there. He slowly sit’s down on one of the cushioned benches. He looks to see there is a man filing folders behind the counter. The man singles out a folder away from all the others. HAMLET sees Ophelia’s name on the folder. The man turns, and HAMLET swipes it. He opens it. It’s all this information on Ophelia. Her birthday, her...death...HAMLET stops dead.
To be, or not to be, that is the question:?Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer?The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,?Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,?And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;?No more; and by a sleep to say we end?The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks?That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation?Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;?To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;?For in that sleep of death what dreams may come?When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,?Must give us pause: there's the respect?That makes calamity of so long life;?For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,?The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,?The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,?The insolence of office and the spurns?That patient merit of the unworthy takes,?When he himself might his quietus make?With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,?To grunt and sweat under a weary life,?But that the dread of something after death,?The undiscover'd country from whose bourn?No traveller returns, puzzles the will?And makes us rather bear those ills we have?Than fly to others that we know not of??Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;?And thus the native hue of resolution?Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,?And enterprises of great pitch and moment?With this regard their currents turn awry,?And lose the name of action.

Cut to: Immediate black after the word “action”.

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Adnama said...
Nov. 23, 2011 at 9:48 am
lol This was funny, I liked this version better.
stargrl said...
Feb. 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm
hahahahahahahahahha :) LOVED IT... we had to memorize the soliloquy for english so i was saying it out loud as i read/remembered it and everyone was staring..........
Jsullivan said...
Jan. 3, 2011 at 7:44 am
LOL. I like this version alot better....if only we had this to read in English class.
Penmaiden said...
Nov. 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm
Haha, that's great xD  I do think that you meant an 'evil' grin on Claudius's face, instead of an 'elvish' grin.  I may be wrong, but it makes more sense ;)
Hamlette said...
Oct. 24, 2010 at 2:14 pm
Interesting, but you might want to give the characters modern equivalents of their names if you're, y'know, making it modern. And why does he suddenly burst into Shakespearean English if he's, y'know, modern?
EmilyIsabella replied...
Jan. 24, 2011 at 4:19 pm
Agreed, haha. That kinda struck me as odd too... But I still dig it. :)
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DallysGrrl said...
Apr. 3, 2010 at 4:02 pm
WOW i thought that was really good and smart. I think that you should post more scenes because they are really good. Im waaay into shakespeare and im glad that other kids are 2. congrats on getting voted #1.
Anders N. said...
Nov. 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm
Thanks! I'm really going to film it. I'm still in preproduction, but I hope it will be great.
I got the most popular in teen fiction!
Anders N. replied...
Sept. 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm
William Shakespeare's Hamlet is finished. I will post the link here when it's up on YouTube.
Rachel G. said...
Sept. 29, 2009 at 3:21 pm
lovet the way u made hamlet good job keep writhing
flyweel replied...
May 23, 2010 at 11:25 am
This was amazingly clever! I just read a really good book called The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet. Made me think of that.
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