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Using one story to tell another seems to be a popular theme these days, with TV series Grimm and Once Upon a Time both working famous literary characters into modern-day stories in their own ways. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has been adapted to film before, but the upcoming film Juliet sounds like less of an adaptation of the tragic tale as it is a sequel, and now it has a director.
Technically, Juliet is an adaptation. The novel on which the film is being based was written by Anne Fortier and published in 2010. The story follows a woman in her twenties who learns she’s the descendent of the Capulets (Juliet’s family in Romeo and Juliet), after traveling to Italy, she finds out that there’s a 600-year-old curse still in effect. Apparently, “a plague on both your houses” was the real deal and it’s still going strong.
According to Deadline, James Mangold and Cathy Konrad are teaming up on the film adaptation, with Mangold set to direct. Tom Pollack and Ivan Reitman’s Montecito’s Picture Company is also in on the project. Meanwhile, Chad and Dara Creasey are set to write the script.
It’s tricky work tampering with a classic story, but one might be able to argue that Shakespeare left the story open for a sequel when he wrote Mercutio’s famous words. I suppose we all just assumed that the tragic ending settled the whole curse matter on the Montagues and Capulets. It sounds like Juliet explores the idea that it didn’t.