Yesterday was the Premiere and Photocall of Macbeth at the 68th Cannes Film Festival, here are some photos:
ComingSoon.net has a great interview with Michael:
Video games rarely get a fair trade when it comes to their movie adaptations, maybe because there have been so so SO many bad video game adaptations over the years.
Ubisoft has created an incredible video game franchise with their Assassin’s Creed games, taking open world technology back in time for a series of historical action-adventures. Most of the games feature a bartender named Desmond Miles who has a long bloodline of assassins in his family that allows him to travel back in time using something called an Animus to document those times for Abstergo Industries. He isn’t given much of a choice in the matter.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the film division of the company, has been developing the games into a film for 20th Century Fox, starring Michael Fassbender, and as luck would have it, ComingSoon.net spoke with Fassbender earlier today for his upcoming Western Slow West, and we wanted to learn more about the long-in-development Assassin’s Creed movie, for which he’ll be reuniting with director Justin Kurrzel and Marion Cotillard from their yet-to-be-scheduled Macbeth adaptation.
“You say it’s a long time but what I’ve found–it’s all new to me but starting to develop scripts and work on them, they take time,” he countered to our mention of the delays in getting the movie made. “It just takes time to get a good story together and we really want to do it right. It’s exciting. It’s going to start this year, we’ll be filming in September.”
Fassbender was incredibly coy on which character or characters he might be playing, since the games have such a vast array of stories and characters on which to focus. It’s been stated previously that he will play Desmond Miles, but that may not be entirely the case.
“You don’t know that. Don’t listen to what they tell you, that’s the first rule,” he said with a smile.
When asked about trying to figure out which games and time periods to base the first film on, all he would say was, “That’s always the challenge of something that’s so dense, to really find something and pare it down and basically, there are so many elements to it, so trying to translate that to an audience, you have to pick key things. So yes, that is part of it, getting through the density of it and paring down and engaging a simple story.”
We also knew better than to ask the actor about Magneto’s role in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, since we have already been down that block with his new co-star (playing the title villain) Oscar Isaac.
You can watch this portion of the video interview below and then check back next week on ComingSoon.net for what Fassbender had to say about Slow West, which will get its theatrical release on May 15.
Coming off a social-realist piece like Snowtown, I would never have thought I would direct a Shakespeare play but it just became more and more fascinating, and more scary,” director Justin Kurzel recently told Screen Daily ahead of the Cannes premiere of Macbeth. “This project connected with many aspects of the psychology of Snowtown. The idea of being seduced by evil was still pretty fresh in me. I find those figures that dance with evil really fascinating.”
With a premiere set for later in the festival, on the 23rd, today brings our first brief glimpse of footage thanks to a teaser. While it runs under 30 seconds, it shows of Kurzel’s dark tone and gives us an enticing preview of Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. “I think Macbeth has always been a study of ambition and power, and I thought there would be something really interesting in seeing how that could arise from trauma and grief, a sense of loss – of a child, perhaps – or through a sense of post-traumatic stress after all the battles he had been through,” Kurzel adds. “I wanted to bring an intimacy to the overt ideas of the play. Macbeth, as a warrior, was a product of an incredibly brutal landscape and I was interested in how that landscape and other external factors influence ambition.”
Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn 11th Century Scotland.
The first look at the trailer for Steve Jobs has been released, via Collider. The film opens October 9th and stars Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
I’ve added Screen Captures from the 2012 movie Prometheus, thanks for Holly from sarah-hyland.net, also Stills and Promos.
The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) have announced the nominees for this year’s Awards which will take play on May 24th. TV3 will be bringing Irish viewers and the home audience all the excitement from Ceremony and the Red Carpet in a one hour IFTA Awards Special with all the highlights and interviews with nominees and winners, stars of the screen, guest presenters, Lifetime and special guests. (Source)
Michael has been nominated for Best Actor for his role in Frank, and the movie has also been nominated as Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Role for Domhnall Gleeson, Director Of Photography, Editing, Make-Up & Hair, Original Score and Sound.
Some new stills fro Macbeth, which premieres in May in Cannes and will have a wide release in October.
Debuting in Empire magazine last year was a first-look at Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth showing its stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in a tranquil moment. Three new stills have now landed from the Shakespeare adaptation, offering a fresh entry point into the Scotland of the film and flaunting the rich costumes assembled by Oscar winner Jacqueline Durran. Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge them.
These quiet moments before the storm will prove few and far between in a story that sees Scottish tribal politics spill over into the kind of bloodletting that would make even Highlander recoil. According to the film’s official synopsis folio, this Macbeth is “a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war-torn medieval Scotland”.
Expect elements of war film, then, as Fassbender’s Macbeth, general in King Duncan’s army, stumbles upon three women in the aftermath of battle. They prophecy that he will become king, setting in train a story of ambition and double-dealing that has confounded GSCE English students for centuries. Cotillard, of course, is Lady Macbeth, an arch politician with the scent of glory in her nostrils who does little to discourage her vain husband in his ambitions.
If you’ve experienced Kurzel’s bleak, uneasy Snowtown, it’s easy to imagine the Australian as a perfect fit for the material. His research brief involved discovering what was that time like and how brutal it was. “It reminded me a lot of a Western,” he expands in the press notes, “and of a landscape and atmosphere that felt much more dangerous than I’d ever seen before from adaptations of Macbeth”.
Also aboard the Film With The Name That Shall Not Be Mentioned are Sean Harris as Macduff, Thane of Fife, Paddy Considine as Banquo and David Thewlis as Duncan. Macbeth will be premiering in Cannes next month before making its UK bow in October.
A New trailer has been released for Slow West and a new image.
Slow West certainly has style to spare. From the opening notes of the trailer, it’s clear this is a unique piece of work. That tonal balance between twee and twisted has to be tough to master, but kudos to Maclean for nailing it and to A24’s marketing team for capturing that same spirit in a two-minute trailer.
If that charming trailer weren’t enough to get your attention, here’s what Russ had to say about it at Sundance:
This film is to the western as Hanna was to the espionage thriller — a meditative journey shot through with scenes of violence and characterized by allegorical storytelling that constructs its own reality so thoroughly that it has the feel of a fairy tale. […] Gorgeously filmed and enlivened by a deep sense of gallows humor, Slow West features yet another great performance from Michael Fassbender, and culminates in one of the most stylish and memorable sequences I’ve seen in a long time.
Slow West hits theaters and iTunes May 15. Ben Mendelsohn and Rory McCann (the Hound from Game of Thrones) also star.
This was posted on instagram earlier today: