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Last Update: 16 February 2007

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The Scottish Play's The Thing
Sean Bean in Macbeth

Shakespeare's getting the movie treatment again. The lucky Bard.
This time it's the ever-popular Macbeth being shoved through the
adaptation wringer once more, with The Jacket's John Maybury
directing Vincent Regan's script Come Like Shadows.
Sean Bean – who last played the bloodied Scot in a stage run three
years ago – is the lead, with Narnia's Tilda Swinton stepping into
the role of Lady Macbeth. According to Variety, the film will use a
period setting, but will be accessible to modern audiences.
Dark Horizons
"Shadows" Descend On Bean & Swinton
Posted: Wednesday June 28th 2006 1:37am
Source: Production Weekly
Author: Garth Franklin

Sean Bean and Tilda Swinton are set to star in "Come Like Shadows," an
adaptation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" that is slotted to shoot in
Scotland in late fall reports Variety.
A traditional period piece designed for a contemporary audience, John
Maybury ("The Jacket") will direct a script adaptation by Vincent
Regan. Bean will play Macbeth, a role he essayed in London's West End
three years ago, and Swinton will play his wife Lady Macbeth.
Steven Soderbergh is aboard as executive producer. Luc Besson also is
part of the mix, with the film set to use his EuropaCorp
post-production facility in Normandy, France.
Check it Out, a Meaty Role for Sean Bean!
Posted Jun 28th 2006 7:04PM by Martha Fischer
Filed under: Drama, Independent, Casting, Warner Brothers, Newsstand
Back when the news came out about the cast for the Hitcher remake, I lamented the fact that Sean Bean has somehow turned into the foreign guy that Hollywood tends to cast as a heavy in pretty much anything (either that or he's a really boring, barely-written token male), a tendency that is very much at odds with both his early career and a lot of the TV work he does in England. Well, today comes news that he's been cast in a part that might actually allow him to, you know, act a little bit -- hooray!
Variety is reporting that Bean and fellow Brit Tilda Swinton will play the leads in Come Like Shadows, and independently-financed project being produced by the WB-based Milk & One Sugar. The film is a version of the Macbeth story that, while it will be set during an appropriate time, is expected to be (and this is where things get a little wonky) "user-friendly to a contemporary audience." God only knows what that means, but it makes me a little nervous, just because we can handle Shakespeare that isn't dumbed down, dammit! For Bean, the gig is a return to Macbeth -- he played the role on stage in London three years ago.
Both Steven Soderbergh and Luc Besson are involved in the film as well (the former will executive produce, and post-production will take place in Besson's EuropaCorp facilities), which makes it sound like it might be sort of big and shiny and, just maybe, good. Production begins this fall in Scotland; director will be John Maybury.
June 28, 2006 Wednesday
'Shadows' falls on thesps
Sean Bean and Tilda Swinton are set to star in "Come Like Shadows," an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" that is slotted to shoot in Scotland in late fall. John Maybury ("The Jacket") will direct a script by Vincent Regan.
Pic is being produced by Nick Saunders, who is producing through the Milk & One Sugar banner. Though that shingle is based at Warner Bros., "Come Like Shadows" was pieced together with independent financing.

Steven Soderbergh is aboard as executive producer. Luc Besson also is part of the mix, with the film set to use his EuropaCorp post-production facility in Normandy, France.

Pic is a traditional period piece, but it is designed to be user-friendly to a contemporary audience. Bean, who's coming off "Silent Hill" and "North Country," will play Macbeth, a role he essayed in London's West End three years ago.

Swinton, who was last seen in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and who just wrapped "Michael Clayton" opposite George Clooney, plays Lady Macbeth. She previously collaborated with Maybury in the filmed version of her one-woman show, "Man to Man."

Bean and Swinton made their screen debuts together, playing lovers in the 1986 film "Caravaggio."
Scotland on Sunday
01 July 2006
Daggers drawn as Hollywood rivals do battle over Macbeth

"DOUBLE, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble."
Four centuries after Shakespeare wrote Macbeth, two rival sets of
film-makers are battling to produce a Hollywood version of the
"Scottish play".

Both have major players in the film world behind them and both have
declared similar intentions of appealing to a modern audience with
special effects that play up the supernatural elements of the classic

One version has Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman as Shakespeare's
tragic Scottish king.

But the other, titled Come Like Shadows, has taken a huge leap
forward in the race with the casting of two major stars. Sean Bean, star of
the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the James Bond film GoldenEye and the
Sharpe TV dramas, will play Macbeth.

Tilda Swinton, the Scot whose stock has risen dramatically since
appearing as the witch in The Chronicles of Narnia, will be the
ambitious wife who drives him to murder and ultimately despair.

As well as Bean and Swinton, Come Like Shadows, which has a £5.4m
budget, also has some big names behind the camera.

Steven Soderbergh, the American who directed Erin Brockovich and
Ocean's Eleven, is executive producer, and Luc Besson, the French
director of The Fifth Element, is also involved.

John Maybury, whose films include the fantasy thriller The Jacket and
the acclaimed Francis Bacon biopic Love is the Devil, will be

Nick Saunders, a Los Angeles-based producer who is currently in the
UK setting up Come Like Shadows, said: "I'm not worried about what
anybody else is doing. We've got a John Maybury film with Sean Bean
and Tilda Swinton and I think that stands on its own two feet."

Saunders said the producers would be "putting a spin" on Macbeth for
a modern audience. "It's not modern dress. It's going to be an
accessible, but classic interpretation of Macbeth," he said.

Witches, battle scenes and violent action could well appeal to an
audience more familiar with Harry Potter and Quentin Tarantino than
with Shakespeare.

"The elements of the supernatural are something we definitely want to
play up," Saunders added. "We're going to take full advantage of the
visual aspects of film. We are taking the tack that if Shakespeare
were alive today what would he do?"

The dialogue would not be updated, just "scaled back. It's more a
case of removing certain lines or words where the meaning may be lost on
the modern ear."

Come Like Shadows, which takes its title from a line in the play, is
scheduled to be filmed in Scotland in October.

Although a spokesman for Antidote Films, which is behind the rival
adaptation, said their project was still very much alive, he admitted
there was no firm timetable.

Belle Doyle, head of the locations section at the national film
agency Scottish Screen, confirmed it had received active inquiries from both
sets of film-makers.

"It's such a good story that it's one of those things that just keeps
popping up in all sorts of guises," she said.

Macbeth has been adapted for film and television on dozens of
previous occasions, often in a foreign language or with an entirely different
setting. Orson Welles, Akira Kurosawa and Roman Polanski have all
made esteemed versions, but Saunders maintains the time is right for a
major new production.

"Every generation really needs its version of some of the classics
and I think Macbeth is one of those kind of stories," he said.

Vincent Regan, a Welsh actor with a passion for Shakespeare, wrote
his script in the late 1990s and linked up with Besson when he appeared
in a minor role in his film of Joan of Arc.

It got a new lease of life in 2003 when Regan appeared in the epic
Troy and met both Saunders and Bean. The latter had recently played
Macbeth on the West End stage and was keen to reprise the role on

Saunders signed up as producer at the end of last year and approached
director Maybury, whose initial reaction was "one of absolute terror"
because of the distinguished previous versions.

For the role of Lady Macbeth he thought of Swinton, with whom he had
worked on several films. He phoned her and she confirmed that she
would be interested.

Swinton's agent Christian Hodell said the actress loved Shakespeare
and she was attracted by the challenge of the role, the chance to
work with Maybury again and to work close to home in Scotland.

Maybury, who with Saunders will begin casting supporting roles this
week, admitted he would be taking "liberties" with the text to
emphasise the supernatural elements.

"It's not going to be specifically targeted to Shakespearean
aficionados," he said. "In fact I'm sure there will be a lot of them
who will oppose what I'm trying to do."

The outline is similar to the version envisaged by Antidote Films,
which has previously produced a number of acclaimed independent
productions, including Thirteen with Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel

They are promising a "visceral adaptation... that emphasises the
potently cinematic aspects of the drama".

Seymour Hoffman was committed to starring in their version before
winning his Oscar for Capote earlier this year. The award makes the
film more alluring to financiers, but it also makes the star more
attractive to other producers and he is committed to another project
in the autumn. Jennifer Connelly was lined up to play Lady Macbeth
but it is not clear whether she is still involved.

Maybury said he was unconcerned by a rival version, which is not
uncommon when producing classics. "It's like buses - none come along
and then three come along at the same time," he said. "Philip Seymour
Hoffman is a big name and he's a very good actor, but it doesn't
bother me. If it's a running race, at the moment, we are in the


THERE have been dozens, if not hundreds, of film and TV adaptations
of Macbeth, many of them in foreign languages or with exotic settings,
for Macbeth has proven one of Shakespeare's most adaptable stories.

The most celebrated version is probably Japanese director Akira
Kurosawa's 1957 film Throne Of Blood.

Around the same time, the British film Joe Macbeth re-told the story
with the principal character recast as a gangster. Lady Macbeth was
now Lily Macbeth and Banquo was Banky, with Sid James in the role.

Just last year a BBC TV production relocated the drama in an upmarket
restaurant, with Vincent Regan (who has written the script for the
new film with Bean and Swinton) as owner Duncan Docherty, James McAvoy as
his ambitious chef, another Joe Macbeth, and the three witches
replaced by three binmen.

Alluding to the theatrical superstition that prohibits mention of the
play's title, one character is castigated for referring to Gordon
Ramsay by name and told he should be referred to only as "the
Scottish chef".

The earliest films of Macbeth date from the silent era. Orson Welles
staged a voodoo theatre production in Harlem in 1936 and later shot a
comparatively conventional film version on the lot at Republic,
although he had to use sets normally used for Westerns.

Roman Polanski's 1971 version is famous for its violence, its nude
sleepwalking scene by Francesca Annis and the appearance of a young
Keith Chegwin as Fleance.
The Guardian
Guardian Unlimited, Thu, 29 Jun 2006 2:23 AM PDT
Bean and Swinton lead 'user-friendly' Macbeth

Continuing cinema's perennial fascination with Shakespeare, a new adaptation of Macbeth is in the works, according to Variety.
Following versions from such film-makers as Orson Welles and Roman Polanski, the latest adaptation will star Sean Bean as the power-hungry Thane of Cawdor, and Tilda Swinton as his even more ruthlessly ambitious wife.
John Maybury (Love is the Devil) will direct from a script by Vincent Regan, which - suggesting there will be some departures from the original script - is entitled Come Like Shadows. In a statement that may cause some alarm to Shakespeareans, the producers promise a movie that's "user-friendly to a contemporary audience".

Steven Soderbergh will be involved as an executive producer of the independently-financed project from Milk & One Sugar.
Bean, who is currently filming a remake of the Rutger Hauer chiller The Hitcher and was recently seen in Silent Hill and Flightplan, has played the murderous monarch before, in a West End production three years ago. Tilda Swinton, too, has form for ruthless ruler roles (see her recent outing as the White Queen in The Chronicles of Narnia).
Come Like Shadows is scheduled to begin shooting in late autumn.
Hollywood Reporter
15 February 2007
Indie Hart parts with Sharp
By Gregg Goldstein
NEW YORK -- After a decade as a top indie film production and video distribution outfit, Hart Sharp Entertainment founders John Hart and Jeffrey Sharp are heading their separate ways. Hart is forming the new film and theater production company Evamere.
Evamere will launch production on two films this year: Todd Solondz's dark comedy of sexual obsession, "Life During Wartime," and the James Solomon-penned biopic of a woman involved in the Abraham Lincoln assassination, "The Conspirator."
Other new projects include "Alice Goes to Harlem," a potential animated feature that finds Alice in Wonderland meeting such artists as the Nicholas Brothers and Whoopi Goldberg on a journey celebrating the Harlem Renaissance. Geoffrey Holder and Hilton Als are in talks to write the screenplay. Also set for 2008 is "Come Like Shadows," a surreal period adaptation of "Macbeth," with John Maybury in negotiations to direct.
Hart will oversee management of the company's existing private-equity funds, True Film Fund I and II, which will continue to finance Hart Sharp projects that Hart will now produce. These include "Revolutionary Road," a BBC Films co-production based on Richard Yates' novel, and Tommy O'Haver's adaptation of Ed Wintle's "Auntie Mame"-style memoir "Breakfast With Tiffany."
Hart will shepherd his former company's library of 15 films, which includes "Boys Don't Cry," "The Night Listener," "Proof" and "Nicholas Nickleby." He said he plans to work with Sloss Law founder John Sloss to sell the company's 110-plus Hart Sharp Video catalog to an outside buyer or pass it on to one or more of his fellow Hart Sharp principals -- Sharp, Michael Hogan and Robert Kessel.
Sharp is producing Hart Sharp's final film, Lajos Koltai's "Evening," for Focus Features. Writer Michael Cunningham's adaptation of Susan Minot's novel stars Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Toni Collette, Claire Danes, Natasha Richardson and Patrick Wilson. Kessell was hired last month as executive vp production and acquisitions at Overture Films.
"Jeff and I always focused on two different sides of the company," Hart said. "Jeff was focused on production, and I felt my role was to promote production by expanding into video and ultimately distribution." Neither felt interested in continuing the video business, Hart added, which was one reason for the company's dissolution.
Hart plans to seek out a distribution deal for Evamere's films and expand on his Broadway producing, which has included such musical revivals as "Chicago," "Guys and Dolls" and "The Who's Tommy.
14 Feb 2007
Hart, Sharp part company
Indie outfit founders move on
After a 10-year run yielding films such as "You Can Count on Me," the video releases of pics including "Super Size Me" and Broadway shows including "Chicago," indie outfit Hart Sharp has officially shuttered.
The end, which had been expected for many months, was announced Wednesday by co-founder John Hart. He also unveiled his next venture, a more scaled-down film and theater outfit called Evamere. Jeffrey Sharp is also understood to be forming a production company.
Describing Evamere as director-friendly, Hart said one of its projects would be Todd Solondz's next film, "Life During Wartime." The company is also developing pics "Alice Goes to Harlem," from scripters Geoffrey Holder and Hilton Als; James Solomon's "The Conspirator"; and "Macbeth" adaptation "Come Like Shadows," by Nick Saunders and Jennifer Lee Carrell.
The new shingle will not have a video arm. Hart Sharp Video has contributed tens of millions in annual revenue recently. John Sloss' Cinetic Media has been brought in to solicit bids for the video division.
Hart will continue to play a management role in Hart Sharp library titles and private equity funds.
In the split, some projects will be taken over by Hart or Sharp individually. Hart's include "Revolutionary Road," written by Justin Haythe based on Richard Yates' novel, which Hart is producing with BBC Films, and "Breakfast With Tiffany," directed Tommy O'Haver.
Hart's film credits include "Boys Don't Cry," "You Can Count on Me," "Proof" and "The Night Listener." He also produced stage revivals of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," "Guys and Dolls" and "The Who's Tommy."
Focus Features will release Hart Sharp's "Evening," a Michael Cunningham-penned drama starring Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep and Claire Danes, on June 15.



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