Old “Macbeth,” “Substitute” Stories Confirmed

Its been a week for old news rehashing itself and getting confirmations.

Earlier in the week we learned that reports about “The X-Files” getting a limited event series revival, and that the Russo brothers were locks to direct the two-part “Avengers: Infinity War” saga. Both stories turned out to be true.

Today, two several months old stories seem to have gotten revivals in trade publications. A report back in January suggested Martin Scorsese and Kenneth Branagh have reportedly had “informal conversations” about Scorsese making a movie based on Branagh’s 2013 Manchester International Festival production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”

Doing press rounds for “Cinderella,” Branagh spoke again about that report and tells BBC Radio (via The Playlist):

“We’re practically there with this happening. We will remount the production and all things being well Mr. Scorsese will direct a film version of that production. The fingers are hovering above pieces of paper. We’ve been talking about it. Everybody wants to do it, it’s just a question of schedules. I’m very, very, very, very, very, very hopeful it’s going to happen.”

Meanwhile a report back in September last year suggested Comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele were working with Paramount Pictures on a “Substitute Teacher” movie which would see their Mr. Garvey character on screen.

Today, Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has pre-emptively bought a pitch to give the project a feature film treatment. Keegan-Michael Key will reprise his role as as the over-the-top substitute Mr. Garvey, and Jordan Peele will portray a rival teacher determined to be the students’ favorite. Rich Talarico and Alex Rubens are penning the script.