News Bits: Macbeth, Children, Criminal, Women

Macbeth
The Michael Fassbender-Marion Cotillard led “Macbeth” is set to stream exclusively on Amazon soon after its December theatrical release. The Weinstein Company has not set the exact release date on Amazon for the film though.

Fassbender stars as the power-hungry Scot with Cotillard playing Lady Macbeth. Justin Kurzel directed from a script by Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso. [Source: Variety]

The Children
New Line has closed a deal to acquire Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis’ script pitch “The Children” which will be fast tracked to go into production early next year. The story follows a social worker investigating the mysterious disappearance of two children discovers her own family might also be in jeopardy. [Source: Deadline]

Criminal
Lionsgate has pushed back its London-set action thriller “Criminal” from January 22nd to April 15th next year. Gary Oldman, Kevin Costner, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds star in the film in which a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets and skills are implanted into a former death row inmate in hopes that he will complete the operative’s mission. The studio had “Mechanic: Resurrection” scheduled for the date, it will now open August 26th next year. [Source: Deadline]

20th Century Women
Billy Crudup (“Watchmen,” “Mission Impossible 3”) has scored the male lead in Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women” for Annapurna. Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning also star.

The story is set in 1979 and follows a single mother named Dorothea (Annette Bening) as she struggles to raise her troubled teenage son. Crudup plays one of her boarders, a former hippie now with no real direction in life. [Source: Deadline]

The Young Pope
James Cromwell is set to star in Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino’s eight-episode event series “The Young Pope” for Sky, HBO and Canal Plus. The story deals with beginning of the Pontificate of Pius XIII, an Italian-American born Lenny Belardo (Jude Law).

James Cromwell is in as Cardinal Michael Spencer, Lenny’s mentor. Diane Keaton also stars alongside Cecile de France, Scott Shepherd, Javier Camara, Ludivine Sagnier and Toni Bertorelli. [Source: Deadline]