Christopher Marlowe's life, career, and mysterious death will be the subject of an upcoming film from producer Gary Kurtz. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Greg Hall-helmed project will feature a screenplay by Francis Hamit and go into production this fall.
Considered a contemporary and rival to William Shakespeare, Marlowe's plays included Dido, Queen of Carthage, Tamburlaine the Great, Doctor Faustus, and Edward II.
The film will explore the theory that Marlowe was killed by order of Queen Elizabeth due to his public expressions of atheism. It is believed the playwright and poet was presumably killed in a fight in 1593 while drinking with friends, though some consider the account, which only came to light in the 1925, to be speculative.
No word yet on casting or a release timeline.