SNOWTOWN's Justin Kurzel to Direct Michael Fassbender in MACBETH
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.