Sony Pictures Picks Up Epic '300'-Style Retelling of '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.