‘Macbeth’ Director Justin Kurzel Looking To Dramatise Mumbai Taj Bombings For The Screen

By Nilankur Dutta | 2 years ago
‘Macbeth’ Director Justin Kurzel Looking To Dramatise Mumbai Taj Bombings For The Screen
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Justin Kurzel, maker of “Macbeth” and “Assassin’s Creed” is looking at a dramatisation of a real life terrorist attack- the bombings at Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, India, in November 2006. Read on for more details.

Kurzel will team up with his “Macbeth” producers, Studiocanal, to produce a dramatic reinterpretation of the events of November 26, which left 31 people dead at the Taj Mahal Hotel. The film’s plot will be derived from Cathy Scott-Clerk and Adrian Levy’s non-fiction book, “The Siege: The Attack on the Taj” based on the events of the hostage situation at the hotel. The book itself has received high praise in India, due to the extensive research that Levi and Scott-Clerk put into their reportage, also the depiction of the Pakistani militants who perpetrated the attack.

According to The Tracking Board, Anthony McCarten. scribe for last year’s delightful “The Theory of Everything” will pen the script. Studiocanal is looking to finance the project fully, with Ollie Madden producing for Kudos and Shine Pictures.


This is not the first time Kurzel is attempting to dramatise real life trauma. His directorial debut in fact, with the 2011 film “Snowtown,” was based on a series of homicides committed in Snowtown, Australia. The film was praised for its nuanced and realistic depiction of the killer, and went to to win 11 of the Australian Academy awards.

Kurzel, therefore, seems like the right person, to dramatise sensitively a topic that still touches a raw nerve amongst many Indians.

But in the meanwhile, Justin Kurzel is currently engaging in some gratuitous blood gore and violence, as he films the adaptation of “Assassin’s Creed” with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

The trio also teamed up with Studiocanal on their Shakespearean adaptation: “Macbeth,” which has received rave reviews from critics and opens in theaters on Dec. 4.

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Justin Kurzel

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