Forget fairytales -- Shakespearean drama remakes may become the next trend in Hollywood. "Something New" co-stars Sanaa Lathan and Blair Underwood, along with Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard, are confirmed to star in a modern adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy "Macbeth."
Directed by Aleta Chappelle, who has been involved in casting for films such as "Boomerang" and "The Godfather: Part III," the movie, titled "Macbett," is set to begin pre-production in September in Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
According to Playbill, the film follows the plot of the original play, but with a modern twist.
"After a gallant military victory, General Macbett (Howard) encounters the 'Weird Sisters,' who are the spirit daughters of Mother Africa and reign over fire, water, earth and sky," Playbill reported. "Macbett soon becomes obsessed with ambition, as does his beautiful and ruthless wife Lady Macbett (Lathan)."
The film also stars Evan Ross, son of music legend Diana Ross, and is co-produced by Howard.
Chappelle is the first African-American woman ever to direct a film version of a Shakespeare play.