A dramatic movie based around the notion that William Shakespeare didn’t write the plays he was credited with would make for an interesting historical costume piece. A Hollywood studio could do it relatively on the cheap, probably crush it during awards season and go home happy.
It’s an issue that has intrigued writers, academics and other intelligent minds for decades. There is no end of scholarly work on the authorship of the Bard’s work. Plenty of theories exist to twist into a seductive narrative. But then when you hire director Roland Emmerich (2012, Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) you don’t want a small-budget drama for a movie. You want spectacle and CGI explosions of cities disappearing into the underground laser beams of Mecha-Jeff Goldblum.
With Emmerich at the helm, “Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power of the throne were exposed in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.” Yup, that means lots of big battles and CGI explosions and the anachronistic use of Radiohead!
Silliness aside, because this concept is akin to having Michael Bay direct a movie about the holocaust, did Emmerich not get the memo that Dame Judy Dench is required to star in an Victorian-era English costume drama? Anonymous hits theaters on September 30th.