Apple Snags Joel Coen’s “Macbeth”

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Apple TV+ has closed a deal with distributor A24 for the rights to Joel Coen’s first solo outing with the drama “The Tragedy of Macbeth” starring Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington.

This marks Coen’s first time helming without his brother Ethan Coen. Brendan Gleeson, Corey Hawkins, Sean Patrick Thomas, Ralph Ineson, and Brian Thompson co-star.

The new take on the Shakespeare classic paints the Macbeths as somewhat older than what is often cast in the part, both actors past childbearing age – thus putting real pressure on their ambition to have the crown.

“Macbeth” has always been one of the most difficult to bring to the screen, the most successful film versions have often been the looser adaptations that take their own spin on the material like Akira Kurosawa’s “Throne of Blood,” Roman Polanski’s paranoia-driven version, the comedic “Scotland, PA,” and William Reilly’s “Men of Respect” as opposed to more straightforward ones like Justin Kurzel’s 2015 take with Michael Fassbender.

The film joins “CODA” and “Finch” as possible awards contenders for next year from Apple. The film will hit cinemas via A24 first before arriving later on Apple TV+.

Source: Deadline

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