The news today — confirmed by EW — that Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke is in talks with ABC to direct her first TV movie was startling enough. (Who knew ABC was still making TV movies?) But what’s really surprising is the fact that the telefilm Hardwicke may end up directing is a retelling of William Shakespeare’s classic romance Romeo and Juliet. When’s the last time any network cleared a couple of hours of primetime for something written in iambic pentameter?
When you think about it, Hardwicke is the perfect choice for the material. She’s got plenty of experience directing stories about star-crossed lovers. (Although we’re pretty sure there aren’t any werewolves or vampires in the Shakespeare’s original story.) And she has a proven knack for getting inside the heads of romantically confused 13-year-old girls — Juliet is the same age as the characters in Hardwicke’s 2003 drama Thirteen. So we’re keeping our fingers crossed she’ll get the job. But here’s a tougher question, PopWatchers: Which young (or at least young-looking) TV personalities should be cast as Romeo and Juliet? How about Justin Bieber and Taylor Momsen? Or Rico Rodriguez and Lea Michele? Or The Situation… well, you get the idea.