'Romeo and Juliet' is getting a reboot
Shonda Rhimes to executive produce the new TV series
Entertainment Weekly reports that ABC is creating a new Romeo and Juliet TV series sequel of sorts titled Still Star-Crossed. Shonda Rhimes, who previously wrote and produced Grey's Anatomy, is co-executive producing the show, which was created by Scandal's executive producer Heather Mitchell.
The show won't actually focus on Romeo and Juliet, but instead will centre on the conflict between the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of their children's deaths. It covers what happens after the events in the Shakespeare book, and the story sounds like a perfect setting for prime time TV.
Based on a 2013 book of the same name written by Melissa Taub, the plot involves bloody brawls and an extra complicated plot to unite the two families through marriage. In the book, to end the family feud, Escalus demands that the Montague family's most eligible bachelor, Benvolio, wed Juliet's older cousin Rosaline, the girl Romeo first loved. Scandal!
We're hoping it measures up to the Leonardo Dicaprio-Claire Danes 1996 movie, Romeo + Juliet, whom we all loved to bits. Shonda and Heather worked together on Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, with brilliant producing and writing chops, so fingers crossed.