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Shakespeare in Love Likely Headed to the Stage

Though we're still waiting for the promised sequel (suggested title: SIL 2: Viola Goes West), today comes news of a second, slightly more natural Shakespeare in Love spin-off: a play! Tom Stoppard is apparently in talks to write a stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning 1998 movie for Disney Theatrical productions; nothing is set, though Coast of Utopia director Jack O'Brien is also reportedly attached. Given that Stoppard, who wrote the movie's screenplay, is an award-winning playwright, and also that the movie takes place almost entirely in a theater, Vulture feels fairly comfortable in declaring this a promising, if not totally original, idea. Now, let's all agree to call the stage version Mercutio so that Ben Affleck will join back up. [Variety]

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