Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn joins a cast of contemporary writers signed up to pen re-tellings of Shakespeare classics for Hogarth. Flynn will write a novel based on Hamlet as part of the Penguin Random House imprint's international publishing initiative, set to launch in 2016. The publication date for Flynn's contribution to the series has yet to be announced.
Alexis Washam, U.S. series editor for Hogarth Shakespeare, and Becky Hardie, deputy publishing director, Chatto & Windus/Hogarth (U.K.), acquired world rights from Stephanie Kip Rostan of Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency, Inc. Flynn’s editor, Lindsay Sagnette, newly named editorial director, Fiction, Crown and Hogarth, will edit the book.
“Hamlet has long been a fascination of mine: murder, betrayal, revenge, deceit, madness—all my favorite things," said Flynn. "Add to that some of Shakespeare’s most intriguing, curious characters—from the titular brooding prince to rueful Ophelia—and what (slightly cheeky) writer wouldn’t be tempted to reimagine it?”
The other writers on board for Hogarth Shakespeare include Margaret Atwood (The Tempest), Tracy Chevalier (Othello), Howard Jacobson (The Merchant of Venice), Jo Nesbø (Macbeth), Anne Tyler (The Taming of the Shrew), and Jeanette Winterson (The Winter’s Tale).