Harvey Weinstein, who won an Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love,” remains in love with The Bard.
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.
Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films are producing with Justin Kurzel (“The Snowtown Murders”) directing.
Cotillard replaced Natalie Portman in the production in August. Shooting is expected to start early next year.
Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso wrote the script for the latest version of the tragedy of a Scottish general consumed with — and ultimately destroyed by — his ambition.
The most notable film adaptations of “Macbeth” were directed by Orson Welles in 1948, Roman Polanski in 1971 and Geoffrey Wright in 2006.
“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 of TWC’s acquisition.