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Westport Native Co-Authors New Film Version Of 'Macbeth'

From left: Jacob Koskoff, Marion Cotillard, and Todd Louiso. Cotillard plays Lady Macbeth in the new screen version of Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of Macbeth." Westport native Koskoff and Louiso, an actor and director, co-wrote the screenplay.
From left: Jacob Koskoff, Marion Cotillard, and Todd Louiso. Cotillard plays Lady Macbeth in the new screen version of Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of Macbeth." Westport native Koskoff and Louiso, an actor and director, co-wrote the screenplay. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, CONN. -- Westport native Jacob Koskoff is the co-author of the screenplay for a new film version of “Macbeth,” which opened in Cannes last spring.

The film, shot in England and Scotland, stars Michael Fassbender in the title role and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. David Thewlis plays King Duncan.

Koskoff is the son of Michael and Rosalind Koskoff of Westport.

The film is now playing in local theaters.

Directed by Justin Kurzel, the film has garnered praise from critics who have called it “fearsomely visceral” (Variety) and “slickly handsome” (New York Times).

Koskoff’s screenplay is a newly conceived verson of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”

It is a story of how Macbeth becomes consumed with guilty and paranoia after murdering the king and seizing the throne of Scotland.

The new version presents Macbeth as a warrior, suffering from the death of his child and battle-scarred.

“Jacob wrote this film version with my son-in-law, Todd Louiso, 14 years ago,” said the writer’s father, Michael, an attorney with the Bridgeport-based law firm Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder.

Louiso, an actor and director, is married to the elder Koskoff’s daughter, Sarah.

The elder and younger Koskoffs have also co-written a screenplay that focuses on the early career of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to be appointed to the Supreme Court.

The about-to-be-made film, Michael Koskoff said, zeroes in a Connecticut case where Marshall, along with Bridgeport attorney Samuel Friedman, defended Joseph Spell in what became known as “the sex trial of the century.”

“Our project, “Marshall,” has been a labor of love for the past seven years,” he said.

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