Spike Lee Directing Hip-Hop Version Of "Romeo And Juliet"
(AllHipHop News) Spike Lee is to direct a version of William Shakespeare's "Romeo And Juliet" set in the 1980s New York hip-hop scene.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "BlacKkKlansman" filmmaker has closed a deal to direct "Prince of Cats," an adaptation of Ron Wimberly's graphic novel.
The 2012 book tells Romeo and Juliet's story through the eyes of her hot-headed cousin Tybalt and transports the story to a fictionalized version of 1980s Brooklyn.
The project has been in development since 2018, when it was to star Lakeith Stanfield, but the "Knives Out" actor has since dropped out of the movie.
Spike Lee will rewrite the script with Wimberly and former The Source editor Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, who wrote the original adapted screenplay. Casting details are yet to be announced.
In "Prince of Cats," Tybalt and his Capulet brothers, battle with their rival Montagues for control of Da People's Republic of Brooklyn, where underground sword duelling has become a method of settling disputes, among youngsters obsessed with hip-hop, DJing and graffiti.
His follow-up project is "Da 5 Bloods," a Vietnam War thriller starring Chadwick Boseman.