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The Director's Chair => Martin Scorsese => Topic started by: wilder on March 24, 2015, 12:17:40 PM

Title: Macbeth
Post by: wilder on March 24, 2015, 12:17:40 PM
Kenneth Branagh Confirms Martin Scorsese's 'Macbeth' Plans, Says It Should Be "Very Impressionistic"
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A couple of months back, reports surfaced that "informal conversations" were happening between Kenneth Branagh and Martin Scorsese about bringing the actor's "Macbeth" stage show to the big screen. It seemed to be an idea at best, and given both the director's and actor's busy schedules, it wasn't quite clear where this would all fit in. But it seems that some progress has been made.

Recently appearing on BBC Radio's Kermode and Mayo's Film Review (via What's On Stage) Branagh provided an update on the "Macbeth" project. "We will remount the production and all things being well Mr. Scorcese will direct a film version of that production," he said. "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."

Hoping that Scorsese will create something "very impressionistic" and "very abstract," Branagh's stage show is designed to place audiences right up close and inside the action, inches away from the actors performing the piece. So it will certainly set itself apart from other movie versions that have been made, likely including the highly anticipated film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. But as always, nothing is officially confirmed, and we'll see if Scorsese can actually make the time in his schedule that is consistently filled with a variety of projects vying for attention.
Title: Re: Macbeth
Post by: wilder on May 18, 2015, 12:41:06 PM
Martin Scorsese's 'Macbeth' Movie With Kenneth Branagh Will Be A Documentary
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For a while now, talk has been burbling about Martin Scorsese doing something with Kenneth Branagh's immersive stage production of "Macbeth," that takes place inches away from the faces of the audience (at least those in the first few rows). It hasn't been clear what Scorsese and Branagh would do or if it would even happen, but it seems something is percolating and it won't be quite as cinematic as you might've hoped.

The Telegraph reports that the "Macbeth" project will actually be more like a documentary, with Scorsese tracking Branagh and his team as they perform Shakespeare's work at the Second World War Leavesden Aerodrome. Branagh will reprise the title role, with other cast members to be determined, though the actor is hoping to reunite many of the ensemble he worked with at the original performances of "Macbeth" at the Manchester International Festival in 2013.