Gillian Flynn is the latest writer to sign up to the Hogarth Shakespeare series.
The initiative by the Penguin Random House group aims to present retellings of Shakespeare for contemporary readers.
Gone Girl (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) author Flynn will write a novel based on Hamlet.
Flynn said: “Hamlet has long been a fascination of mine: murder, betrayal, revenge, deceit, madness ‒ all my favorite things. Add to that some of Shakespeare’s most intriguing, curious characters ‒ from the titular brooding prince to rueful Ophelia ‒ and what (slightly cheeky) writer wouldn’t be tempted to reimagine it?”
Beckie Hardie, deputy publishing director at Chatto & Windus/Hogarth (UK), and Alexis Washam, senior editor at Hogarth US and Crown, acquired world rights, all languages, in the book from Stephanie Kip Rostan of Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency, Inc.
Flynn joins authors Margaret Atwood, Tracy Chevalier, Howard Jacobson, Jo Nesbo, Ann Tyler and Jeanette Winterson on the Hogarth Shakespeare list.
The series will be launched in 2016 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.