Henry V the apocalypse starring Michael Caine?
Sounds like a bizarre concept, and there's more than one big name star to associate with the project, and the idea of Henry V modernised isn't new at all, in fact I've seen a few of Shakespeares plays adapted for different, more modern times. Macbeth in World War II by the Royal Shakespeare Company was perhaps the best.
So Henry V in the time of the apocalypse, a world without any leader looking for a way forward, and that's where we see the new film taking place with a strong British cast already.
I'm going to leave the cast reveals for Henry5 till later, for now let's look at the plot for the film:
In an age of apocalypse, in a land without a leader, a dissolute prince finds redemption when he crushes a rebellion that threatens to destroy his father's kingdom. But upon assuming the throne himself, he immediately engineers a war against a neighboring state to slake his lust for power.
Despite his enemy possessing weaponry rendering their forces almost invincible, the newly crowned king seizes a glorious victory from the jaws of defeat by ruthlessness and cunning. But for all his wiles there's one thing the young monarch has overlooked. Just as he's prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure victory, so is his enemy...
That sounds excellent on its own, without the Henry V reference, but add that in and then name the cast and we're looking at something very different and sounding so much better.
The tip off comes from Production Weekly's twitter stream through Io9 and Quiet Earth have the cast list which includes Michael Caine, Ray Winstone, Vinnie Jones, Gérard Depardieu and Derek Jacobi. Now that sounds great, a range of acting talent from Jacobi to Jones, from Shakespeare on stage to classic on film, that line-up sounds like a list across the different acting fields. I wonder who is going to be in the rest of the cast.
Michael Anderson is set to direct, and the production site follows his name with Ridley Scott Associates, I presume then it's not the director of the original Logan's Run. They also say that the writers are Andrew Hislop, who co-wrote Tales of the Riverbank, Steve Wilkinson, and Anderson himself.
The tweak here is that with modernisation it becomes Henry5. I think out of the entire announcement that's the only thing that seems a little forced and out of place about it all. I'm surprised they didn't say Henry 5.0. Still, the cast list and ideas behind it sound fantastic, what's in a name?