Will Martin Scorsese Direct Kenneth Branagh in Film Version of Macbeth?

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The Kenneth Branagh Macbeth, which originated at the 2013 Manchester International Festival and was subsequently staged in Manhattan at the Park Avenue Armory, may be heading to the silver screen.

Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth
Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth Photo by Stephanie Berger

In an interview with BBC Radio, whatsonstage.com reports, Branagh said that he and Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese are joining forces for a screen version of the William Shakespeare classic.

"We will remount the production and all things being well Mr. Scorsese will direct a film version of that production," Branagh said.

"Fingers are hovering above pieces of paper. Everybody wants to do it, it's just a question of schedules. I'm very very hopeful it's going to happen," the award-winning actor added.

Directed by Branagh and Tony winner Rob Ashfordthe immersive staging of Shakespeare's tragedy was seen at the Armory in May and June 2014. The production starred five-time Academy Award nominee Branagh ("Hamlet," "My Week with Marilyn") as the ambitious Thane of Cawdor and Alex Kingston ("Doctor Who," "Arrow") as Lady Macbeth, who were both making their New York stage debuts.

Here's how the production was billed: "This staging of Macbeth transforms the Armory and its 55,000-square-foot drill hall, taking advantage of the building's unique spaces and military history to bring to life one of Shakespeare's most powerful tragedies in an intensely physical, fast-paced production that places the audience directly on the frontlines of battle. The audience will be drawn into the blood, sweat, and elements of nature as the action unfurls across a traverse stage, with heaven beckoning at one end and hell looming at the other."

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