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Strand Releasing has acquired select rights to Andrew Muscato’s Schooled: The Price Of College Sports, described as “a comprehensive look at the business, history and culture of big-time college football and basketball in America.”
The film is an adaptation of The Cartel by Pulitzer Prize Winning Civil Rights scholar Taylor Branch and his October 2011 article in The Atlantic, The Shame Of College Sports.Muscato closed the deal with Strand’s Jon Gerrans. »
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Michael Fassbender is hot. The Weinstein Company has picked up Us and Canadian rights to Justin Kurzel's big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" from Studio Canal, which will star Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso ("The Marc Please Experience") have co-penned the script. In case the name Justin Kurzel doesn't ring a bell, the Aussie director helmed 2011's brilliant and utterly disturbing "Snowtown," which focused on the real-life case of a young teen and his mother's boyfriend brutally killing a number of their atrophying small town's inhabitants and drifters. Fassbender can currently be seen in Steve McQueen's highly praised "12 Years a Slave." While there's Oscar buzz for Fassbender's performance (among many other performances in the film), the actor has opted out of strenuous awards-season campaigning. He's got Ridley Scott's violent drug-deal-gone-bad thriller "The Counselor" hitting theaters this weekend, and just began shooting a »
- Beth Hanna
The Weinstein Co. has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights from StudioCanal for director Justin Kurzel’s big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave, Shame) and Marion Cotillard (The Immigrant, Rust and Bone) will star in the drama written by Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso (The Marc Pease Experience). Natalie Portman was originally onboard to star opposite Fassbender. Story: Oscar Whisper Campaigns: The Slurs Against '12 Years,' 'Captain Phillips,' 'Gravity' and 'The Butler' The project is being produced by See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, who previously teamed with The Weinstein Co.
- Tatiana Siegel
[Press Release] New York, NY (October 23, 2013) – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that they are acquiring U.S. and Canadian rights from Studiocanal for director Justin Kurzel’s (Snowtown) big screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s MacBeth. Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso (The Marc Pease Experience) have penned the screenplay for the film, which will star Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave, Shame) and Marion Cotillard (The Immigrant, Rust And Bone). The project is being produced by See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (The King’S Speech). Studiocanal is financing and is handling international sales. Film4 developed and is partnering on the project. Olivier Courson, Studiocanal Chairman and CEO, said “I’m delighted to team up with The Weinstein Company again who are the »
- Pietro Filipponi
Based on Shakespeare's Scottish play, The film tells the story of General Macbeth. He plots to take the throne of King Duncan using wicked means. Michael Fassbender is starring as the title character with Marion Cotillard taking the role of Lady Macbeth. The project is said to be keeping the original dialogue.
Macbeth has been adapted many time over the years with the most recent being directed by Rupert Goold starring Patrick Stewart. The version was broadcast on BBC Four and was based on his stage adaptation for the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2007.
Macbeth is in development . »
The Wenstein Co. has picked up distribution for an upcoming film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. TWC had been bidding for the rights against Fox Searchlight.
“Macbeth” could lead to a potential awards-season conflict between Fassbender and Weinstein. The actor recently asserted that he would not campaign for “12 Years a Slave,” while Weinstein is perhaps the most aggressive awards campaigner in show business.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news. »
- Dave McNary
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Principal photography is set to commence in January 2014 in the UK. See-Saw developed the celebrated drama about power and ambition alongside Film4.
StudioCanal will serve as majority financier with Film4 and handles international sales and will distribute directly in the UK, France and Germany.
Fassbender will star in the lead alongside Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. Natalie Portman had previously been attached to play the latter role.
Screendaily was the first to break the news about the project last April. »
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Exclusive: The Weinstein Company is nearing a deal to distribute a new version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth that has Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard starring, This is the one being directed by Snowtown helmer Justin Kurzel, from a script by Jacob Koskoff Todd Louiso that features the original Shakespearean dialogue, but doing an ambitious job of visually framing Macbeth’s plight, as his ambitious wife coaxes him into taking underhanded means to grab power from the reigning king Duncan. The film’s produced by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films. TWC and Fox Searchlight have been sparring over the picture in the last month or so. This puts Fassbender in the hands of Harvey Weinstein and despite what the actor said in GQ about not wanting to participate in the Oscar proceedings, Weinstein can certainly be persuasive in making stars of his movies see the benefit in at »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Weinstein Co is apparently close to landing a distribution deal for the latest Macbeth film based on William Shakespeare's work starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Deadline reports that Weinstein Co and Fox Searchlight have been fighting over who will land the picture the last month. Snowtown director Justin Kurzel helms from the screenplay by Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso. Iain Canning and Emile Sherman produce. »
Director Justin Kurzel's new take on William Shakespeare's period tragedy, Macbeth appears to have found a home at The Weinstein Company, Deadline reports. Michael Fassbender is attached to play the title role with Marion Cotillard playing Lady Macbeth. The new film will retain the play's 11th century setting and is said to use the original dialogue as well. The story follows the devious Macbeth, a Scottish lord who will stop at nothing to become King. Macbeth has made it to the big screen time and again. Geoffrey Wright directed a faithful adaptation in 2006 with Sam Worthington in the lead while, just a few years earlier, Billy Morissette restaged the action to a 1970's fast food chain with Scotland, Pa . Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso are providing the screenplay for »
In a scene in 2000's "High Fidelity," Jack Black and Todd Louiso's record store clerk characters are coming up with a list of the top five songs about death. Black mentions "You Can't Always Get What You Want," but Louiso reminds him that the song was used in "The Big Chill." "Oh, God, you're right," says Black, and the song is disqualified.
That's how toxic "The Big Chill" was to popular culture -- so much so that even unassailable items that preceded it, like the Rolling Stones classic, were tainted by association.
It's true, of course, that "The Big Chill," released 30 years ago this month (on September 28, 1983), touched a huge raw nerve in the culture and became an enormous mainstream hit as a result. It's also true that it's a very enjoyable movie, full of witty and truthful moments in well-wrought performances by a stellar ensemble of then-rising stars. »
- Gary Susman
We have a few quick casting stories for you today. First up, THR reports that Marion Cotillard has replaced Natalie Portman to a new adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth from director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown). Cotillard will play Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender. As we previously reported, the screenplay by Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff will take place in the 11th century, and will "be a visceral approach to the story including significant battle scenes." No insult to Portman, who I'm sure would have made an interesting Lady Macbeth, but I have an easier time seeing Cotillard in the role. She just seems to have an easier time giving off a more sinister vibe, which is key for the role (or at least how it's usually depicted). Hit the jump for casting news on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – The Green Destiny and Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Cinderella. Several months ago, »
- Matt Goldberg
It would seem the stars did not align for Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman, who were to have appeared as Macbeth and his equally scheming wife in the new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play. While Fassbender is still aboard, he has a new partner in homicidal crime, with Marion Cotillard replacing Portman.Adapted this time for the screen by Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff, the latest outing for the stab-happy Scot will be set, as originally written, in the 11th century and will boast proper Shakespearian dialogue. The action will be a little more visceral than is possible on stage, however, with big battle scenes planned. With pre-production set to kick off shortly, director Justin Kurzel is aiming to shoot this January in Blighty.“Cotillard has proven extraordinary versatility through her stunning performances in La Vie En Rose and Rust And Bone. Casting her as Lady Macbeth alongside Michael Fassbender »
Courteney Cox will be go behind the camera and make her feature directorial debut with the independent drama Hello I Must Be Going. Cox currently stars in the TBS television series Cougar Town and of course, is most recognizable as Monica Geller from Friends.
Hello I Must Be Going stars Seann William Scott, Kate Walsh, Rob Riggle and Kyle Galliner. Cox will be working with a script by David Flebotte, an experienced television director whose resume has highlights such as Boardwalk Empire and Desperate Housewives. She will also be producing with John Suits and Gabriel Cowan, as well as her former husband David Arquette.
Scott will play a severely depressed man returning to his old neighborhood to amend a few wrongs before taking his life. Kate Walsh will portray his sister-in-law. With a considerable amount of comedic talent, we might be able to look forward to some touches of humor »
- Katherine Kranz
After years of being in front of the camera on the small screen . as well as on the big screen in movies like the Scream franchise . Courteney Cox is ready to take a step behind them for her feature directorial debut. The film is called Hello I Must Be Going, but I wouldn.t get too attached to that name, seeing as how Todd Louiso released his own Hello I Must Be Going just last year. The indie drama already has a cast, including Seann William Scott (Goon), Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Kyle Galliner (2010.s A Nightmare on Elm Street), and comedy vet Rob RIggle (The Internship). This is the first feature screenplay from screenwriter David Flebotte, who has a lengthy career writing for TV series such as Desperate Housewives and Boardwalk Empire, and also wrote for Cox.s FX show Dirt. There aren't many plot details about Hello I »
Cox is directing David Flebotte’s script in whicgh Scott will portray a suicidal man who heads back to his hometown to settle scores.
- Dave McNary
"MacBeth" fans, rejoice, because two very exciting actors have been tapped to play MacBeth and Lady MacBeth in an upcoming adaptation of the classic Shakespeare place. It's being reported that Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman will star in the Justin Kurzel-directed film.
Screen Daily revealed the news about Fassbender, while The Hollywood Reporter learned about Portman's involvement. THR reports that the Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff-penned script is "billed as an updated version of Shakespeare's tale of revenge and ambition, complete with the blood and thunder of the original tragedy."
This isn't the first time Portman and Fassbender were slated to work together. Fassbender was originally tapped to star opposite the "Thor: The Dark World" star in her new movie "Jane Got a Gun," but passed when director Lynne Ramsay walked away. Jude Law later replaced him.
Production is slated to begin on "MacBeth" later in 2013. No release »
Natalie Portman is the latest exceptional actress to take a crack at one of Shakespeare's most notorious characters, Lady Macbeth. The new film production of "Macbeth" was just announced yesterday, with Michael Fassbender as the eponymous lead and Justin Kurzel ("Snowtown") in the director's chair. These announcements are coming down the pipeline pretty quickly, so it looks like Kurzel et al are on track for their late 2013 shooting schedule. Although writers Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff have more experience with comedy than Shakespearean drama, anyone who's familiar with Kurzel's brutal film "Snowtown" should be eager to see this adaptation. It's already a wonderfully gruesome and thrilling play, but the script is described as having "a visceral approach to the story, including significant battles scenes." It will be a period piece, set in the play's era of the 11th century and using Shakespeare's text. It will be interesting to see how »
- Jenni Miller
The day before yesterday we reported that Michael Fassbender was set to lead a new screen adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s Macbeth. Now comes word that Natalie Portman has agreed to play the role of Lady Macbeth to Fassbender’s Lord. It seems that Portman has finally found another project to appear in opposite Fassbender after he has dropped out shortly before filming on Jane Got a Gun began (which Portman is also producing). Penned by Todd Louiso (Love Liza) and Jacob Koskoff (The Marc Pease Experience), the script follows the original 11th Century setting of Shakespeare’s classic play. Snowtown director Justin Kurzel is set to helm...
- Nick Martin
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