Hundreds of years later, the works of William Shakespeare are still highly influential on our modern-day entertainment. Now, FOX is developing a sophisticated contemporary spin on the legendary tale of Hamlet, set in Washington, DC.
Entitled America's Son, the drama is described as part juicy soap opera and part paranoid political thriller. Written and executive produced by Paul Redford, the story begins with the tragic death of a beloved presidential hopeful in a car accident. When his son—a renegade JFK Jr. type character—returns home to the District of Columbia and discovers that his father's demise wasn't as accidental as it seems, he undertakes a mission to untangle a complicated web of family secrets in pursuit of the truth.
Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, formerly known as DreamWorks TV, will also executive produce. Redford's experience working on both political dramas (The West Wing) and primetime soaps (Dirty Sexy Money) should be useful while penning the project, which received a script commitment with penalty from FOX. Most recently, Redford reunited with West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin and served as an executive producer on his HBO drama The Newsroom.
America's Son is the second Shakespeare-inspired drama project to be sold this season, as movie director/producer McG has a series called Westside in production at ABC. Written by Byron Balasco (Without A Trace, FlashForward, Detroit 1-8-7), Westside is a modern-day take on West Side Story, the musical inspired by Romeo & Juliet.
Another political drama about corruption in the halls of power? Sure, why not. Let's just hope it brings something new to the table.