SNOWTOWN's Justin Kurzel to Direct Michael Fassbender in MACBETH

Simon de Bruyn, Contributing Writer
Back in 2006 the director of Romper Stomper, Geoffrey Wright, directed a rising Sam Worthington in a contemporary retelling of Macbeth set in the ganglands of Melbourne. It was an interesting if flawed adaptation, certainly made more compelling by a director who had already made his name with violent brush strokes on screen.

Now it seems that the producers at See Saw, who were behind Oscar winner The King's Speech, Shame and Jane Campion's new miniseries Top of the Lake, have a similar idea. They have chosen Snowtown director Justin Kurzel to direct a new telling of the Shakespeare play, and attached old mate Michael Fassbender as the titular lead.

According to Screen Daily, the script (penned by Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff) is understood to be a visceral approach to the story including significant battle scenes.

The film is expected to shoot later this year. Kurzel is also attached to direct a new John Le Carre adaptation, Our Kind of Traitor, which was also slated to shoot in 2013, so it looks like Macbeth will be the first horse drawn cab off the rank instead.
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  • The Woozle

    What little glimpses we've had into the film so far look intriguing. The photo being used for promotion of Fassbender in war paint is just stunning. But I'm surprised that Kurzel would be chosen to direct such an ambitious project, and am extremely unsure. How many of you even know who he is? His filmography is barely there, one indie flick, a short and an episode of TV? And he has no experience with the genre of literary classics at all, he's going to be directing Fassy in Assassin's Creed. It sounds like they're getting an up and coming video game director to make Macbeth. I'm not saying he won't have talent, just seems like a big gamble, he hasn't been put to the test yet. EDIT: I've also learned that the three screen writers don't more than a couple of years film experience between them either. Since we have a cast of actors, albeit great actors, who haven't done Shakespeare either, I think a real veteran needs to be there to guide them. Kenneth Branagh whose been performing Macbeth on stage this last year would have seemed the obvious choice for directing, and doesn't mind giving someone else the limelight, he hasn't been starring in his films as much lately.

  • Kurt

    For the record, the Sam Worthington MACBETH is Horrible on every level. I expect this to be a massive step up from that one.

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