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The upcoming adaptation of Macbeth starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand has ceased production amid safety concerns. The disruption and delay that has been caused by current circumstances continue to affect the movie-making world.
With the ongoing public health situation bringing Hollywood to a standstill, several high-profile releases have now been postponed, with various productions and filming having now been paused for the foreseeable future. The latest movie to add its name to that ever-growing list is A24's upcoming adaptation of Macbeth, which has now ceased production due to safety concerns.
The latest feature version of the beloved William Shakespeare play is being adapted and directed by Joel Coen, without his brother and frequent collaborator Ethan. The movie was set to start filming in Los Angeles, but, for now, LA will have to wait. This latest adaptation is set to star the acting powerhouse and Academy Award winner that is Denzel Washington as the titular Macbeth with fellow Academy Award winner and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth. McDormand has, of course, worked with the Coen Brothers multiple times before having starred in their critically-acclaimed crime thriller Fargo and the black comedy Burn After Reading among others.
Alongside Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand will star In Bruges' Brendan Gleeson as Duncan, Straight Outta Compton star Corey Hawkins as Macduff and The Legend of Buster Scruggs alum Harry Melling as Malcolm. Macbeth will be director Joel Coen's ninth movie with wife McDormand. Scott Rudin, who won the Oscar for Best Picture for Coen's No Country for Old Men, is also reteaming with Coen and will be producing Macbeth.
For those who perhaps do not already know, the Bard's story of Macbeth follows a Scottish lord who becomes convinced by a trio of witches that it is his destiny to become the king of Scotland. With the help of his dangerously ambitious wife, Macbeth goes to extreme and violent lengths to seize the crown and claim what he believes to be his rightful place as king.
The Shakespeare tale encompasses the tragic themes that one would expect of the great playwright, dramatizing the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake.Washington has tackled the Bard before, having played the title role in the 1990 NYC Shakespeare in the Park stage production of Richard III as well as the role of Brutus back in the spring of 2005 in the Broadway production of Julius Caesar which ended up reportedly doing very well financially, recouping its $3M investment back in the day.
On the silver screen, Washington also played the role of Don Pedro in Kenneth Branagh's 1993 feature adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing alongside Keanu Reeves and Emma Thompson. The most recent big-screen adaptation of Macbeth was released in 2015...
EXCLUSIVE: House Productions, the British producer behind Benedict Cumberbatch's drama Brexit: The Uncivil War, has nabbed the screen rights to the remarkable true story of an Auschwitz hero.
The film and TV company, run by former Film4 head Tessa Ross and ex-Working Title TV chief Juliette Howell, has optioned former war reporter Jack Fairweather's The Volunteer.
The book, which just scored the popular Costa Book of the Year prize, is a biography about Witold Pilecki. Pilecki was a covert operative who volunteered to be captured and taken to deadly new Nazi detention centre, Auschwitz, in order to infiltrate the camp, organise a resistance from within, gather evidence of the atrocities being committed against thousands of European Jews, and ultimately attack the Nazi forces from where they'd least expect. However, Pilecki's incredible and heroic story would later be wiped from the annals of history by Poland's communist government and the man himself branded a traitor and enemy of the state.
Fairweather's account pieces together first-hand accounts from survivors, access to unpublished diaries and newly released archival documents.
House has secured a multi-territory deal for the film rights to The Volunteer, as part of its financing partnership with Access Entertainment, which will see Ross and Howell develop the project. The publishers are WH Allen/Penguin Random House UK and Custom House/Harper Collins in the U.S.
It is the latest project for House, which produced Brexit – The Uncivil War starring Cumberbatch that aired on Channel 4 in the UK and HBO in the U.S., and is gearing up for BBC Two love story Trigonometry, written by Duncan Macmillan and Effie Woods, which will premiere at the Berlinale.
Fairweather is a former war reporter in Iraq and Afghanistan and the author of A War of Choice and The Good War. He has served as the Daily Telegraph's Baghdad bureau chief, and as a video journalist for the Washington Post in Afghanistan. His war coverage won a British Press Award and an Overseas Press Club award citation. He is represented by Larry Weissman at Larry Weissman Literary and Josie Freedman at ICM.
Fairweather said, “I’m delighted that Witold Pilecki's inspirational story of defiance in the face of man's greatest evil has found a filmmaker of Tessa's power and vision. In her hands, this once unsung hero will reach the audience he deserves.”
Tessa Ross, Co-CEO of House Productions added, “Jack's book is an astonishing account of a vital story that demands to be told. Witold Pilecki's heroism was remarkable and it is a great honour to be entrusted with this book so we can share his story.”...
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A good gangster movie must do two things: Make us want to live a life of crime and, at the same time, make us grateful we haven't indulged our dark sides like the characters on this list. Most gangster films make the criminal underworld look like a hell of a good time. There's booze, money, women, expensive cars, everything we're taught we should want, but the lavish lifestyle often comes with a price, which means a good gangster movie must also show us the downside of running a criminal empire: The violence, the bloodshed, and the very real threat of prison time. As they say, you can't have your cake and eat it too — but no one told that to the characters in these films.
Here are the 10 most enjoyable films currently streaming on Netflix.
Related: The Best Crime Movies On Netflix Right NowNetflix The Irishman 2019
Run Time: 209 min | IMDb: 8.7/10
Martin Scorsese delivers another cinematic triumph, this time for Netflix and with the help of some familiar faces. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino team up again for this crime drama based on actual events. De Niro plays Frank Sheeran a World War II vet who finds work as a hitman for the mob. Pacino plays notorious Teamster Jimmy Hoffa, a man who frequently found himself on the wrong side of the law and the criminals he worked with. The film charts the pair's partnership over the years while injecting some historical milestones for context. It's heavy and impressively cast and everything you'd expect a Scorsese passion-project to be.A24 A Most Violent Year 2014
Run Time: 125 min | IMDb: 7/10
Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac play a husband-wife duo caught up in the criminal underground in this darkly-lit drama. Isaac plays Abel Morales, an immigrant and aspiring business owner who finds himself the target of ruthless competitors when he takes steps to secure a facility to transport oil throughout the boroughs. Chastain plays his wife Anna, a shrewd businesswoman in her own right who comes from a mobster family. The two fights against a determined D.A. and corrupt criminals in order to secure the money they need to purchase the land, but in doing so, they become the enemy they've been fighting against. It's a heavy, morose kind of film, filled with violence and shady back-door dealings, but Chastain and Isaac bring a bit of brilliance to it all.Netflix Imperial Dreams 2014
Run Time: 87 min | IMDb: 6.8/10
John Boyega stars in this stirring drama about a recently released convict caught up in the terrible cycle that people often face after prison. Boyega plays Bambi, a 21-year-old who gets a taste of freedom after spending time behind bars for some kind of crime involving a weapon. Bambi's determined to live right and do right by...