Laurence Olivier, Hamlet
Credit: Everett Collection

Looks like I’m not going to the Sundance Film Festival this year. (I know, I can hear all the tiny violins playing.) And I’m bummed. Not because I’m going to miss the raucous parties, thin air, and swag by the metric ton. It’s because I’m not going to get to see the greatest idea in the history of independent cinema.

Hamlet 2.

I don’t know anything about this world premiere besides what the press release says: “In this rambunctious comedy, a high school drama teacher injects love and passion for theatre into his students by creating a musical sequel to Shakespeare’s Hamlet.” And the to-die-for cast includes Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Shue, Amy Poehler and David Arquette.

Of course, it could suck. This is Sundance, after all. But the only thing that could make me more curious would be if it was called Hamlet 2: Dane Harder. Or Hamlet 2: Electric Boogaloo. (But I’d see anything that ended in “Electric Boogaloo.”)

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