A 19th-century artist's rendering of Henry Irving and Ellen Terry starring in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing."

Interrupting my Cliburn coverage to bring you this local film story: North Texas film production company TradRad Pictures just announced that they’re starting work on a musical film based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. They’re teaming with Austin rock musician Zack Weber and New York City songwriter L.J. Nachsin for the film, which is titled BAM! and set in Manhattan in 1967.

Undoubtedly the news would seem fresher if Joss Whedon’s own contemporary film version of Much Ado About Nothing weren’t due in theaters this summer, but then BAM! looks to use only Shakespeare’s plot and not the dialogue, while adding music composed in the styles of the late 1960. If you’re interested, you still have a couple of weeks to contribute to the movie’s Kickstarter page.