Martin Scorsese May Turn Kenneth Branagh's 'Macbeth' into a Film

March 24, 2015


Director Kenneth Branagh has already brought several of William Shakespeare's classic plays, such as Hamlet, Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing, to the big screen. But now it looks like he's going to let a cinema master turn one of his own stage productions of another Shakespeare tragedy into a film instead. Branagh recently appeared on BBC Radio's Kermode and Mayo's Film Review (via The Playlist) and revealed that his stage production of Macbeth is being developed to become a feature film directed by none other than Martin Scorsese. It doesn't sound like it's a done deal yet, but there's definitely been talks. Read on!

Branagh 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." Right now Scorsese is busy directing his long-gestating adaptation of Silence, so he's certainly got his hands full for now. But maybe this could become his next project? Don't forget that there's another version of Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard on the way, so this might not be the best timing. Still, a Scorsese adaptation of Macbeth is bound to turn some heads, so we'll keep our ears to the ground for more.

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Reader Feedback - 5 Comments


We hated Shakespeare in High School, now who'd want to go see it voluntarily? Even if Scorsese did it? Not I.

TXSteadyEddie on Mar 24, 2015


Hot potato, orchestra stalls, Puck will make amends!

Steven on Mar 24, 2015


Would be wicked if it this way comes

Snev De la Fontaine on Mar 24, 2015


Nice. I hope Scorsese gets to make some traditional source material. It would be interesting to see what he can do.

DAVIDPD on Mar 24, 2015


This would be superb as long as he let's Branagh co-direct. His version of Hamlet is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen.

Marcus on Mar 24, 2015

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