Sony Picks Up Romeo & Juliet Retelling Verona

joe roth“These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triump die, like fire and powder
Which, as they kiss, consume”

Everyone knows these famous lines from Romeo and Juliet but if this new version of the tale resembles 300 in any way, it won’t be like anything we’ve ever seen before.

Joe Roth is up to produce the retelling of Shakespeare’s classic story, which has been picked up by Sony. A spec script has been written by Neil Widener and Gavin James.

Specific details are being kept under wraps at the moment, but Verona is described as a retelling of the familiar tale about two teens from rival families “through the lens of an epic, 300-style world.” 300, of course, being Snyder’s bloody, gritty, CG-heavy adaptation of Frank Miller’s comic book about the Persian Wars.

Roth knows a thing or two about reinventing old stories for big money. He’s currently finishing up Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, Disney’s sequel to its 2010 hit, and has also produced Oz the Great and Powerful, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Maleficent.

There have been many versions of the story about the star-crossed lovers, the latest being the 2013 straight telling starrin Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld. It’ll be interesting to see what this version turns out like.


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