Trade Breaks: Hip Hop, Island, Macbeth

“In a rare reversal, the MPAA’s Ratings Review Board voted 6-2 on Thursday to shift the rating of ThinkFilm’s “The Hip Hop Project” from R to PG-13. Set for release May 11 in 15 cities, the film tells the story of a formerly homeless teenager who inspires a group of Gotham teens to transform their life stories into hip-hop-driven works of art…” (full details)

“Madrid-based production-house Morena Films, one of Spain’s most internationally driven companies, has boarded “The Possibility of an Island,” written and to be directed by French novelist Michel Houellebecq (“The Elementary Particles,” “Platform”). Houellebecq’s own hit novel of the same title was published last fall and won France’s Interallie literary prize. Futuristic pic stars Benoit Magimel (“Fair Play,” “Selon Charlie”) who lives in a futuristic eco-damaged dystopia of cults and cloning…” (full details)

“Truly Indie and Union Station Media will domestically distribute Geoffrey Wright’s film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Set in the contemporary crime world of Melbourne, Australia, “Macbeth” features Sam Worthington (“Avatar”) as the title character. The film closely follows the original text, infusing it with modern-day sex scenes and violence. The unrated feature will debut June 15 in Seattle, followed by openings throughout August in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Austin…” (full details)