Macbeth turns to Kickstarter

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Gone are the days where Kickstarter campaigns are used to fund projects like a concept watch which can also drive your car or a skateboard that doubles as a can opener and walkie talkie. In terms of film making, it has been of great benefit to smaller, independent films trying to get funding to enter production, or, like our very own Simon Horrock, to enable films like the mind bending thriller Third Contact to be shown internationally.

Continuing the trend of large American films such as Veronica Mars entering production thanks to crowd funding, debut director Vincent Regan (previously an actor in 300 and Troy) is trying to get funding for his British take on the William Shakespeare classic, Macbeth, but he’s decided to jazz it up a bit, by calling it Macbeth, Enemy of Man. Any actors reading this will probably have just fallen over or been electrocuted, as it is reputedly bad luck to even say the name of the Scottish Prince, but without mentioning it, Regan may struggle to persuade investors to part with their cash.



The film already boasts a stellar cast, including Sean Bean as the Scottish Prince with a Yorkshire Accent (It doesn’t matter what role Sean Bean is cast as, they WILL have a Yorkshire accent), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter) as Rosse, James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas) as Banquo, and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) as Duncan.

If you read Macbeth at school, you will clearly have no idea what happens in it, and the same that can be said for all Shakespeare’s masterpieces, as they make no sense at all, except to English teachers. The trailer also makes no sense, but shows lots of men attacking each other in slow motion with giant swords, so Regan is true to his word that he wants to ramp up the action in this remake. He also said he wants to “strip back the dialogue”, but it appears he may have a bit more stripping to do. The ancient story follows Macbeth and his evil, ambitious wife, who urges him to use wicked means in order to gain power of the throne over the current king, Duncan.

To find out more about the project, and to see lots of black and white photos of  various actors looking as handsome as they possibly can, you can visit the official website, where you too can pledge towards getting this film made. Pledge $1, and get a thank you email. Pledge $10,000 and have Sean Bean carry you round on his back all year while feeding you grapes.

Christian started writing film reviews at school for a local paper. Since then he has written for BBC Radio 4's Newsjack and The London Film Review. He also writes and presents a comedy show on AbingdonXtra, an Oxfordshire based radio station.