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ADAPT THIS: “Kill Shakespeare” by Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col, and Andy Belanger

ADAPT THIS: “Kill Shakespeare” by Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col, and Andy Belanger (photo)

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With Hollywood turning more of its attention to the world of graphic novels for inspiration, I’ll cast the spotlight on a new comic book each week that has the potential to pack a theater or keep you glued to your television screens. At the end of some “Adapt This” columns, you’ll also find thoughts from the industry’s top comic creators about the books they’d like to see make the jump from page to screen.

This Week’s Book: Kill Shakespeare by Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col, and Andy Belanger

The Premise: Hamlet and many of Shakespeare’s other popular heroes find themselves at odds with the bard’s greatest villains as they embark on a quest to find (and possibly kill?) the master playwright (and wizard) William Shakespeare.

The Pitch: Much like Fables did for faery tales and many other projects have done with various mythologies, Kill Shakespeare takes many of the best-known characters from Shakespeare’s works (i.e., Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, Lady Macbeth, etc.) and tells a story that weaves all of these characters and their respective stories together into a single adventure. In this case, that adventure has the heroes off on a quest to find the elusive wizard-god Will Shakespeare. The villains, on the other hand, seek to kill Shakespeare (as the title of the series implies) and use his reality-bending quill for their own purposes.

With a title as compelling as “Kill Shakespeare,” the series is already off to a good start when it comes to attracting attention. The story’s cast of well-known characters only adds to the mainstream appeal, and offers a great entrance point for most audiences.

Given the size of the world in Kill Shakespeare and the epic nature of the characters’ quest, television seems like the right medium to tell McCreery and Del Col’s story – especially since there’s little need for complicated special effects. The popularity of current shows like “Grimm” and “Once Upon A Time” make it easy to see the possibilities of a “Kill Shakespeare” television series, and if the project receives the sort of nurturing that one of the cable networks like SyFy can provide, the sky’s the limit.

As for casting, the absence of iambic pentameter from the dialogue in Kill Shakespeare opens up the project up to a wide range of actors — though the ability to utter the occasional “thee” and “thou” is still a necessity. Give the parts to thespians with some decent Shakespeare chops and a good sense of television timing, and audiences shouldn’t have any problem accepting the literature-fueled world in which the series takes place.

The Closing Argument: Imagine a new adventure each week featuring Hamlet, Juliet, and Othello battling the armies of King Richard III and Lady Macbeth, all while racing across the land to be the first to find the mysterious Will Shakespeare and his magic quill. Not only is there an overarching narrative that will tie together the series, but the intermingling of famous heroes and villains from Shakespeare’s stories could make for some fascinating one-shot stories, too.

Boasting one of the most attention-grabbing titles you’re going to see on a project, Kill Shakespeare should have little difficulty making the leap from page to screen. Here’s hoping we get to see this fresh spin on the bard’s universe get a look from a network or two with the chops to do it right.

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

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Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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