Margaret Atwood, Jo Nesbø, Anne Tyler to Write Updated Versions of Shakespeare Classics

Pop culture loves a good Shakespeare modernization, from West Side Story to 10 Things I Hate About You to Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. In this spirit, The Hogarth Shakespeare program, an “international publishing initiative,” is recruiting major authors to write modern, literary retellings of Shakespeare classics. According to Hogarth’s site, “The time is ripe for a dedicated series of stand-alone retellings that will form a covetable library as well as a celebration of Shakespeare for years to come.”

At least five big-name authors have already signed onto the project. Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Tyler will rewrite The Taming of the Shrew; Canadian author (and master Tweeter) Margaret Atwood has chosen The Tempest; Norwegian thriller writer Jo Nesbø will pen a “crime noir” version of Macbeth; Jeanette Winterson aptly chose The Winter’s Tale; and Howard Jacobson will retell The Merchant of Venice.

The program will launch in 2016, in accordance with the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. Read more about The Hogarth Shakespeare here. [via The Guardian]