Deadline has a nice little exclusive on a modern day Hamlet.
Fox has bought America’s Son, a drama from writer Paul Redford,Amblin TV and Sony Pictures TV. Described as part juicy soap, part paranoid political thriller set in Washington DC, America’s Son is a sophisticated contemporary spin on William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. When a beloved presidential hopeful dies in a tragic car wreck, a renegade JFK Jr. type returns home to D.C. to discover his father’s death was no accident — and he makes it his mission to untangle a complicated web of family secrets, expose the truth and ultimately avenge the murder. Redford has background in both dramas about the inner working of Washington DC — he spent five seasons on The West Wing, which he joined after the pilot — and soaps — he did a stint as a co-executive producer on ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money.
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