8 Best Reimagined Shakespeare Movies

Of zombies, lions, samurai and the work of a one William Shakespeare.

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Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

William Shakespeare has more adaptations of his work in media than any other author in history. A prolific playwright in his own time, Shakespeare has transcended into a phenomena who is universally praised and studied for his contributions to literature, storytelling and the arts at large.

With hundreds of creatives looking to adapt his work in one way or another over the years, you can't blame those brave few who choose to change up the source material ever so slightly so they can put their own unique spin on the story.

From a modern day setting to the species of the characters to a different genre that Shakespeare himself wouldn't even have heard of, these films are so unrecognisable as adaptations of the man's work that you'd be forgiven for not realising that that's exactly what they are.

Shakespeare's influence on storytelling is undeniable and it is fitting that the modern medium of cinema would want to honour him with as many adaptations as possible. Whether loose or loyal, these films all adapted Shakespeare with a twist and they all did it incredibly well.

8. She's The Man

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DreamWorks Pictures

She's the Man takes the gender disguising comedy of Twelfth Night and adds a strong layer of female empowerment to the narrative. Incredibly cheesy and a clear product of the early 2000s chick flick craze, She's the Man has some laugh out loud moments among the cringe humour.

Amanda Bynes stars as Viola, an aspiring football player whose female team is cut from her school. When her brother Sebastian tells her he's going to miss the first two weeks at his new boarding school so he can go to London, Viola hatches a plan to disguise herself as Sebastian and play for the men's team at his school.

Of course, being a convincing version of her brother proves no easy task as Viola has to juggle being one of the boys while also hiding her identity. Things get even more complicated when she begins to fall for her roommate and the team's star player (played by an, at the time, unknown Channing Tatum) while the girl that he likes begins to fall for Viola.

With some surprisingly layered exploration of female equality and criticisms of the kinds of things that women are expected of, She's the Man is a fun time throughout.


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