Turns out Christopher Moore is one in a long line of artists who have found inspiration in Shakespeare’s play. Here are just a few examples of Lear-influenced works that relocate the title character far from his eighth-century B.C. English setting.
The 1985 film from director Akira Kurosawa chronicles the undoing of a warlord in feudal Japan.
A Thousand Acres
Jane Smiley’s 1991 novel focuses on a farmer planning to gift his land to his three daughters.
King of Texas
Patrick Stewart starred in this 2002 TV movie, which imagined Lear in the Old West.