Lionsgate developing Romeo and Juliet: The War film
The Hunger Games may be over, but Lionsgate has assured there’s more dystopian teen drama on the way. EW has confirmed the studio will be developing a movie based on the graphic novel Romeo and Juliet: The War, along with 1821 Media and Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment.
“What a treat it is to finally announce our partnership with Lionsgate on a project. The story of Romeo and Juliet is one of my absolute favorites, and I can’t wait to bring our rendition of this classic to life,” Lee said.
Written by Max Work and illustrated by Skan Srisuwan, the 2012 New York Times best-seller focuses on two groups of superhuman soldiers, the Montagues and the Capulets. The Montagues are powerful cyborgs, while the Capulets are genetically enhanced humans. Living together in the Empire of Verona, they work together to remove threats from the city but when there’s no one left to fight, they turn to the next best thing: each other. Following the classic Romeo and Juliet storyline, a boy and girl from the warring sides fall in love and plan to secretly marry, but may be thwarted by forces beyond their control.
According to Variety, the screenplay will be adapted by John J. Griffin (Dream Before Waking). 1821 Media’s Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis and Terry Dougas will produce.