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Monday, March 17, 2014

The Scottish Play

So there are not one but two adaptations of William Shakespeare's Macbeth in the works for the silver screen.

The first one stars Michael Fassbender as Macbeth and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. The first set photos have been released, and as a fan of both actors, I look forward to seeing this movie.

But today, I was made aware of another adaptation called "Enemy of Man" starring Sean Bean as Macbeth and Charles Dance as Duncan (the casting of Lady Macbeth has yet to be announced). They have a pretty impressive trailer up already, but are unsure if the film will be completed and have started a kickstarter to finish it. So far they have raised $73,329 of their $250,000 goal. I'll be donating as it looks like it has the potential to be really great.

If both of these movies are good, I'll likely buy them on Blu-ray when they are released, which means I will have three versions of "Macbeth" on my shelf. Well, four if you count "Gargoyles Season Two, Volume One".


  1. Shouldn't that be "Gargoyles Season Two Volume One"? "City of Stone" was on that one. (It'd be neat if we someday get that "weird Macbeth" story as well where the cast gets trapped in a production of the play.)

    So what's the version of "Macbeth" you already have on your shelf (besides the "Gargoyles" one)?

    1. Typos fixed. Thanks, Todd.

      I have the Roman Polanski version on my shelf. It was made shortly after the Sharon Tate murders and that comes through when MacDuff's family is killed.

  2. This…..looks cool. It is funny to see Charles Dance as a kind benevolent monarch (well technically he was in Your Highness, but he was kind of a hardass not to mention in a movie that was juvenile) after he was tywin motherfucking lannister.

    Incidentaly have you seen the south park game of thrones spoof? well worth your time

  3. Ah, thanks. I've seen the Polanski version (one of the parts I most remember was the ending where Malcolm's younger brother Donalbain meets the Witches - and in actual history, he did seize the throne for a while after Malcolm's death).

    The adaptation I'd really like to see, all the way through, was the one starring Patrick Stewart that set the play in 1940's Russia; I saw parts of it on the local PBS station, but because of its scheduling, I missed the beginning and the end.

  4. Nice to see your post!

  5. If Tywin Lannister is in it, I'm watching! ^^