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Sony Pictures Picks Up Epic '300'-Style Retelling of 'Romeo & Juliet'

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March 20, 2015
Source: THR

Romeo & Juliet

Because the world is obsessed with mashing things up, it's time for the world of William Shakespeare's classic tragedy Romeo & Juliet to get blended with the style of Zack Snyder's adaptation of the graphic novel 300. That's how a new project called Verona has been described as THR reports Sony Pictures just picked up the project based on a spec script written by freshman writing duo Neil Widener & Gavin James. While specific details are being kept under wraps at this time, the basic premise will see the iconic story of two star-crossed lovers from feuding families with the stylization of 300. This…is…unnecessary!

Considering how Baz Luhrmann updated the Shakespearean tale (while keeping his writing style) in the 90s, it's not hard to see how this story can be told any number of ways (it's been done countless times before). But for some reason this just seems like it's just too much. Why do we need to see Romeo & Juliet's story unfurl with slow-motion, stark colors and probably plenty of special effects? Anyway, it's early days on this project, so there's a chance it might not even make it in front of a camera. Without details known about the story, I won't write it off completely, but it's going to take some convincing to get my interested.

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  • Tuomas Lassila
    Interstellar was unnecessary, still got made. Avatar was unnecessary, still got made. Titanic was unnecessary, still got made. Toy Story was unnecessary, still got made. Amelie was unnecessary, still got made. Friday The 13th was unnecessary, still got made. Lord Of The Rings-trilogy was unnecessary, still got made. In the end, every movie ever made was unnecessary, but they all still got made, so I find your argument invalid.
    • Tester
      His argument is very valid, you simply used the wrong examples to prove a point.
      • Guest
        I could have used any movie instead of those and my point would still be the same.
    • steve
      Seriously hope that's a joke. None of those are remakes.. Romeo and Juliet has been told countless times on tv and on film. This is beating an already beaten dead horse so it is unnecessary.
      • Guest
        What the heck does movies being remakes have to do with this point? What I'm trying to say is that making movies isn't about if making them is necessary, it's about the will to make them, would it be original film or a remake or sequel or etc.
        • Tester
          wow, just wow
        • steve
          It's the fact the movie has been done a dozen times just like the story of Cinderella and at some point it becomes unnecessary to have another movie about it. Especially in the manner it's being presented right here with having a 300 Style version
  • OfficialJab
    So it will all be built in CG?
  • Dotadestroyer
    Sony picks up another terrible movie made out an already existing IP. Wow I didn't see this coming. Fuck sony I hope they fucking bankrupt
  • DAVIDPD
    This really does not sound good. I enjoyed Luhrman's take of ROMEO+JULIET, but a contrasty, slow-mo fest just sounds wrong.
  • Mark Brackney
    "Et-Tu, Xerxes?"
  • Christian Good
    have we seriously ran out of original stories? do we have to keep reimagining this one?
  • AwesomeWave
    Really scraping the bottom now aren't we?
  • Blake
    Sounds like a shit idea.

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