Terminator 2 Gets Shakespearean Rewrite

Terminator 2 Gets Shakespearean Rewrite

Is this an Uzi 9mm which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?

Killer cyborgs from the future, like those you might find in James Cameron's classic 1991 action movie Terminator 2, aren't something you'd normally associate with the works of William Shakespeare. That hasn't stopped Nashville-based theater company Husky Jackal from fusing the two together however, and in doing so, creating the positively regal sounding "Terminator the Second."

The project got its genesis when Husky Jackal was looking for a way to insert some theater into the Nashville independent music scene. The idea of converting the popular movie came to Husky Jackal in a late-night flash of inspiration, and using only material taken from Shakespeare's plays - and only those from folios printed before or on 1685 - they pieced together a new version of T2's script, line by line. They were very strict on authenticity, and only changed names and proper nouns, pronouns, and the occasional verb ending to make the lines fit together. The end result works surprisingly well, as you can see below:

Terminator: It is the T-1000 that threatens thee. He is indeed, sir, the most skillful, bloody, and fatal opposite you could possibly have found.
John: How should he be made then?
Terminator: There are a sort of men whose visages do cream and mantle like a standing pond. This outward-sainted deputy is yet a devil.

Husky Jackal said that the reason it works so well is that underneath all the crazy action sequences and sci-fi trappings, is a movie about characters. What's more, parallels to the themes in the movie - themes like dire prophecies, madness, and a mother's love for her son - can be found throughout Shakespeare's work. Having finished the script - which is no mean feat by itself - Husky Jackal is hoping to raise enough money to actually put on a production of the show. They figure they need at least $3,000 to put on a bare bones version, but hope to raise more and do an even better production. You can donate to the fund on Husky Jackal's Kickstarter page, as well as read a little more of the script.

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A whole new spin on the line "Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel, Which smoked with bloody execution"

I now envision a smoking gun rather than a metaphorically smoking sword.

O.O

I shall returneth?

Erm guys...

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NezumiiroKitsune:
Erm guys...

The original post for this video made my display drivers crash, then upon reloading the page (because the video had gone block green) it caused a system failure and blue screened me. After the PC rebooted, I tried to get back to the news post (on the front page) and it endlessly cycled and I had to abort the window.

Anyone else? Anyone?

Works fine for me, it autoplays which is a bit annoying though. Also inb4yougetSKYNETjokes

Cometh with me, young and innocent boy, if thou wantst thy life to be spared from icy hands that are the death's!

Quaxar:
Cometh with me, young and innocent boy, if thou wantst thy life to be spared from icy hands that are the death's!

I do submitith: a brief respite would greatly benefit me in my current state.

My favorite movie of all time rewritten and performed ala Shakespeare? My day has been made.

"Fellow soldier, be you injured?"

"I feel brighter than the sun......
I do say, your vehicle is pleasing to mine eyes."

"To be back, or not to be back, that is not in my mission parameters."

Ok, this is made of so much win :D

This is awesome. That is all.

<---Wishes he could be classy and quote Shakespeare like everyone else.

I wonder if Cameron sold all of the rights to the Terminator franchise when he allowed Johnathan Mostow and McG to make their crappy sequels. If so, here's hoping the studio steps in and stops this.

Nothing that I've read in the OP presents anything lyrical and poetic in the true nature of Shakespeare, even if such a retelling were advisable (which it is not).

A passive voice dependent clause? I believe that's basic fourth-grade English, not Shakespeare.

Further, the idea of people acting like robots that speak more eloquently than the average person completely runs counter to the idea of the T800 having to learn to be, or act, more human. The Terminator is a franchise that I would rather see left alone.

Liquid Terminator:"I bear a charmed life, which must not yield, To one of woman born"
Terminator: "I was not born of woman"
*grenade*
*end of scene*

I suppose this is the only form of Shakespeare that I can actually get into for once.

Scarim Coral:
I suppose this is the only form of Shakespeare that I can actually get into for once.

This one looks pretty cool but nowhere nearly as funny as Two Gentlemen of Lebowski.

"Hath thou beheld a boy of youth, named by his mother as John of the Connors?"
"Nay, good constable, I have not."

This could go places. I'm tempted to pony up twenty-five bucks just to get a poster.

Oddly, I've always preferred the reverse: Something Shakespearean modernized in an odd way.

I would SO watch this. Although the following line could use some pep I reckon.

[the T-1000 has fallen into a vat of molten steel]
John Connor: Doth it be dead?
The Terminator: Verily.

This works weel though:

[Linda Connor sees Arnie turning the corner in the asylum]
The Terminator [aside]: The lady doth protest too much methinks

EDIT: Auto play is starting to get really annoying now!

NezumiiroKitsune:
Erm guys...

The original post for this video made my display drivers crash, then upon reloading the page (because the video had gone block green) it caused a system failure and blue screened me. After the PC rebooted, I tried to get back to the news post (on the front page) and it endlessly cycled and I had to abort the window.

Anyone else? Anyone?

Skynet, dude. Skynet. You're more important than you know.

I SO want to see this. I like Shakespeare, I like Terminator.

funguy2121:
I wonder if Cameron sold all of the rights to the Terminator franchise when he allowed Johnathan Mostow and McG to make their crappy sequels. If so, here's hoping the studio steps in and stops this.

Nothing that I've read in the OP presents anything lyrical and poetic in the true nature of Shakespeare, even if such a retelling were advisable (which it is not).

A passive voice dependent clause? I believe that's basic fourth-grade English, not Shakespeare.

Further, the idea of people acting like robots that speak more eloquently than the average person completely runs counter to the idea of the T800 having to learn to be, or act, more human. The Terminator is a franchise that I would rather see left alone.

I don't know why you are reacting so negatively to this, but you are incorrect about the whole 'passive voice dependent clause' thing. Shakespeare often flouted speech and language conventions in his day. (If you are truly a linguiphile, here's a book you might be interested in: You Are What You Speak.)

It's a fantastic read for people who love language, and I'm not just saying that because I'm friends with the author.

You have a point about the cyborgs needing to learn, but I assume that the humans are all going to be speaking in the same mode, so the norm that the cyborgs are striving for would fit the language used.

As for the rights, you might actually have a point, because AFAIK, Carolco owned the rights, and they got bought up when the company went bankrupt, but who know who holds them now, since Columbia/TriStar did T3, and Sony did Terminator: Salvation.

3 billion human lives ended on August 29th, 1997. The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day. They lived only to face a new nightmare: the war against the machines. The computer which controlled the machines, Skynet, sent two Terminators back through time. Their mission: to destroy the leader of the human resistance, John Connor, my son. The first Terminator was programmed to strike at me in the year 1984, before John was born. It failed. The second was set to strike at John himself when he was still a child. As before, the resistance was able to send a lone warrior, a protector for John. It was just a question of which one of them would reach him first.

Oh...that's the original...looks almost Shakespearian.

I wouldn't like to translate it into iambic pentameter though.

solidstatemind:

I don't know why you are reacting so negatively to this, but you are incorrect about the whole 'passive voice dependent clause' thing. Shakespeare often flouted speech and language conventions in his day. (If you are truly a linguiphile, here's a book you might be interested in: You Are What You Speak.)

It's a fantastic read for people who love language, and I'm not just saying that because I'm friends with the author.

You have a point about the cyborgs needing to learn, but I assume that the humans are all going to be speaking in the same mode, so the norm that the cyborgs are striving for would fit the language used.

As for the rights, you might actually have a point, because AFAIK, Carolco owned the rights, and they got bought up when the company went bankrupt, but who know who holds them now, since Columbia/TriStar did T3, and Sony did Terminator: Salvation.

I wasn't suggesting that Shakespeare, or anyone other master of the language, can't defy conventions without the language falling apart. I meant that "Is this an Uzi 9mm which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?" does not at all evoke Shakespeare to me. Rather, it sounds like a pseudointellecual, amateurish attempt at prose. "The handle toward my hand?" How is that relevant to anything? I know what line from the movie they were attempting to "translate."

Again, how would the cyborgs speaking more eloquently than their human counterparts lend itself to the characterization of the T800 learning to be/act more human? It would make sense if they were well versed in technical jargon but not in smooth delivery of everyday speech - which was accomplished quite well in the movies. They even added depth in the sequel by making the T 1000 quite a bit more normal-acting and -speaking, thus making him on-the-surface likeable and thus more scary. Why, then, have them speak like a learned person from the 15th century? I do understand the desire to try something new, but the purpose of doing this eludes me.

From a po-mo standpoint, I probably know a few people who would find a "Shakespearing up" of a modern sci-fi movie compelling, but I just can't see the appeal in it, particularly applying it to a franchise I've loved since I was 11 years old.

funguy2121:

I wasn't suggesting that Shakespeare, or anyone other master of the language, can't defy conventions without the language falling apart. I meant that "Is this an Uzi 9mm which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?" does not at all evoke Shakespeare to me. Rather, it sounds like a pseudointellecual, amateurish attempt at prose. "The handle toward my hand?" How is that relevant to anything? I know what line from the movie they were attempting to "translate."

Derp derp, unless I'm reading this very wrong, the line you quoted is not an excerpt of the script, it's just a line Logan wrote to have fun of it.

Novania:
O.O

I shall returneth?

HAHAHAHA ok see now I really do wanna see how this would turn out...altho I suppose a simple YouTube video production would be easier. being filmed and all

Formica Archonis:
Oddly, I've always preferred the reverse: Something Shakespearean modernized in an odd way.

that was awesome. is there one for Macbeth? lol

The Random One:

funguy2121:

I wasn't suggesting that Shakespeare, or anyone other master of the language, can't defy conventions without the language falling apart. I meant that "Is this an Uzi 9mm which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?" does not at all evoke Shakespeare to me. Rather, it sounds like a pseudointellecual, amateurish attempt at prose. "The handle toward my hand?" How is that relevant to anything? I know what line from the movie they were attempting to "translate."

Derp derp, unless I'm reading this very wrong, the line you quoted is not an excerpt of the script, it's just a line Logan wrote to have fun of it.

Fair enough. Look at the quoted text in the original post. I don't think it's substance fairs any better.

duchaked:
that was awesome. is there one for Macbeth? lol

Not that I've seen.:)

funguy2121:
*snip*

Your username is a lie.

Geo Da Sponge:

funguy2121:
*snip*

Your username is a lie.

Your FACE is a...dammit, you're right!

Seriously, I just don't see anything about this concept as fun. Now, taking Shakespeare and doing something different with THAT, that can be fun (see how I throw proper grammar to the wind? How fun!).

Case in point(shitty spelling ahead): Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are dead. Let's be awesome: is Tim Roth EVER not fun?

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Fuckin' Bing images. It's not even a quote by that character.

Honest. Let's be honest. I'm typing this while carmelizing onions and listening to Real Time w/ Bill Maher. Is that a good enough excuse?

I wonder what my english teachers would think.

GonzoGamer:

Scarim Coral:
I suppose this is the only form of Shakespeare that I can actually get into for once.

This one looks pretty cool but nowhere nearly as funny as Two Gentlemen of Lebowski.

Verily!

I was wondering when someone would mention that. Two Gentlemen of Lebowski really ties my love of movies and Shakespeare together. Considering Terminator 2 is also one of my favourite films, I can't see how this is anything other than awesome.

Erja_Perttu:
Two Gentlemen of Lebowski really ties my love of movies and Shakespeare together.

lol
I see what you did there.

 

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