Odyssey signs on to take Scott’s turn as ‘Hamlet’

Thesp not only to star but co-direct, co-produce

NEW YORK — No sooner had Ethan Hawke’s “Hamlet” hit the U.S. multiplexes courtesy of Miramax than still another movie version, starring Campbell Scott as Shakespeare’s melancholy Dane, has completed production in New York and landed a buyer: the Odyssey cable network.

Odyssey, which is owned by the Jim Henson Co. and Hallmark Entertainment, will give the Scott “Hamlet” its world premiere this fall.

The network also announced that it has bought the reruns of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” from King World for five-a-week slotting this fall. By then, “Dr. Quinn” will have completed its rerun schedule on Pax TV.

On “Hamlet,” Scott is not only the star but the co-director (with Eric Simonson) and co-producer (with Mary Frances Budig and Jonathan Filley).

Scott’s production company Spare Room Prods. filmed the pic. Also in the cast are Jamey Sheridan as Claudius, Roscoe Lee Browne as Polonius, Lisa Gay Hamilton as Ophelia, Roger Guenevere Smith as Laertes, and Michael Imperioli and Marcus Giamatti as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

Scott has tinkered with the play, updating it to New York in 1900.

Odyssey, which opened for business in September 1988 as the Faith & Values Channel, reaches 26.4 million cable subscribers. It has lost about 522,000 subscribers in the last five months but will add a few million DirecTV satellite-dish owners on July 1.

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