Lifetime Is Developing a Shakespearean Horror Anthology Show and Inexplicably They Didn’t Start With Romeo and Booliet

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Shakespeare would be rolling in his grave now, if he hadn’t already clawed his way free and staggered to the Globe Theatre to disembowel the cast of Hamlet. That’s a great idea, free and available for use in the Shakespearean horror anthology series currently being developed by Lifetime. As of now, however, the show’s first installment is A Midsummer’s Nightmare (an adaptation of A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream), written by Anthony Jaswinski, about “two young lovers on a getaway in the woods who wind up in a struggle to survive as friends arrive to lure them home.” Each season will focus on a different modern reinterpretation of a play by the Bard, all of which will presumably also have spooky pun names. Just throwing these out there: MacDeath, HamLochNessMonster and, most terrifyingly of all, Henry V Except the V Is Actually the Blade of a Knife and It Is Stabbing You.