Date: 31st January 2001

Branagh's Labours Shelved

Stung by the failure of his Love's Labour's Lost last year, Kenneth Branagh has shelved plans for two other movies based on Shakespeare plays, the London Independent reported today (Wednesday).

A spokesman for Branagh told the newspaper: "Love's Labour's Lost was a brave attempt to do something different, and the audience just didn't get it. I think probably he is not hurrying to make the other two Shakespeare movies because he is concentrating on other things. These things go in cycles." Branagh was reportedly planning to film a version of Macbeth, in which the title character would have been represented as a Wall Street Broker, and a version of As You Like It set in a Japanese tea garden.

Source: Studio Briefing