There have been many different, unique iterations of Shakespeare’s titanic tragedy “Macbeth” throughout film history. Ranging from Kurosawa’s “Throne of Blood” to the recent Florence Pugh-breakout “Lady Macbeth,” the narrative template of Shakespeare’s story has proven to be timeless and malleable, allowing artists to adapt and reinterpret the material to support new contexts and themes over time.
Based on a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon will continue the tradition of Macbeth-inspired adaptations with a new young adult musical. The untitled project is said to focus specifically on adapting the character beats of Lady Macbeth, reworking them to center around an adolescent teenage girl in a contemporary setting.
Okay, we have a new YA musical with influences from Lady Macbeth – sounds strange enough, right? Just wait until you see who’s attached to produce. Amazon has set Scooter Braun and Channing Tatum to produce the film under their labels SB Projects and Free Association, respectively.
We’ve seen some creative interpretations of Lady Macbeth’s story in the past, and with “Anna and the Apocalypse” director John Mcphail attached to direct, we’re hoping that young adult audiences and musical fans could be in for a real treat.
Braun is best known for his music production work, for which he’s previously collaborated with Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and Idina Menzel, among many others. Tatum has previously produced both “Magic Mike” films and both “Jump Street” films. Since then, he established his own production label, Free Association, which found its first notable hit with “Logan Lucky” in 2017.
Braun’s producing team will also include Scott Manson and James Shin, alongside Tatum’s producing partners Reid Carolin, Peter Kiernan, and Michael Parets.