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

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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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.

Tuomas Lassila on Mar 20, 2015


His argument is very valid, you simply used the wrong examples to prove a point.

Tester on Mar 20, 2015


I could have used any movie instead of those and my point would still be the same.

Guest on Mar 20, 2015


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.

steve on Mar 20, 2015


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.

Guest on Mar 20, 2015


wow, just wow

Tester on Mar 20, 2015


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

steve on Mar 20, 2015


So it will all be built in CG?

OfficialJab on Mar 20, 2015


This really does not sound good. I enjoyed Luhrman's take of ROMEO+JULIET, but a contrasty, slow-mo fest just sounds wrong.

DAVIDPD on Mar 20, 2015


"Et-Tu, Xerxes?"

Mark Brackney on Mar 21, 2015


have we seriously ran out of original stories? do we have to keep reimagining this one?

Christian Good on Mar 21, 2015


Really scraping the bottom now aren't we?

AwesomeWave on Mar 22, 2015


Sounds like a shit idea.

Blake on Mar 25, 2015

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