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Gillian Flynn "re-imagining" Hamlet

Apparently all the best selling writers are doing it. "Reimagining" the works of Shakespeare. This is nothing new; Shakespeare has been inspiring writers for centuries. Contemporary novelist Brett Easton Ellis tackled Hamlet in Lunar Park, as did Matt Haig in his Dead Father's Club. 

This is a tad different though as it's part of what's being called the Hogarth Shakespeare series, an international publishing initiative across the Penguin Random House Group. The series is set to launch in 2016 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

Gillian Flynn - let's face it, her Gone Girl is about as darkly Shakespearian as it gets - will get a little darker still with her version of Hamlet.  Flynn joins authors like Margaret Atwood (The Tempest), Jo Nesbo (Macbeth) and Anne Tyler (The Taming of the Shrew), among others.