It appears as if we could be getting another Macbeth movie coming our way as Martin Scorsese is considering working with Kenneth Branagh to bring his Shakespearean play to the big screen. In 2013, Branagh co-directed and starred in his own theatre production, which debuted at the 2013 Manchester International Festival and in a recent interview of BBC Radio’s Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review, Branagh confirmed that Scorsese (The Departed) might indeed direct the movie.
Here’s what Branagh had to say; “We will remount the production and all things being well Mr Scorsese will direct a film version of that production. Fingers are hovering above pieces of paper. Everybody wants to do it, it’s just a question of schedules. I’m very very hopeful it’s going to happen“. With Branagh’s comments suggesting that Scorsese’s version may be a recording of the stage show, this is a pretty cool and certainly interesting idea. I love Scorsese as a director and think he could do wonders with this famous Shakespeare tragedy.
I’m hopefully for a collaboration between Branagh and Scorsese but with the director’s schedule pretty packed with the likes of Silence, a Mike Tyson biopic and a HBO series, I’m wondering as to exactly when he’d have the time? Still, we’re going to get a Macbeth movie later this year with Justin Kurzel‘s flick starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. I’m actually a huge fan of the Macbeth story so any project is cool with me, my all time favourite has to be the BBC Retold version starring James McAvoy; I seriously recommend. Keep an eye out for more news on this potential project.