New Film Adaptation of Romeo and Juliet Will Feature Screenplay By Julian Fellowes
01 Feb 2012
Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes, who penned the book for Broadway's Mary Poppins and is also the creator of the hit BBC/PBS series "Downton Abbey," is at work on a new screen adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.
Deadline.com reports that Carlo Carlie will direct Fellowes' script. The cast will feature Tom Wisdom, Haillee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Ed Westwick and Paul Giamatti.
Booth was previously reported to play Romeo opposite Steinfeld as Juliet.
Shakespeare's romantic "tale of woe" about the star-crossed lovers has had two iconic film adaptations: The 1968 Franco Zeffirelli version and Baz Lurhmann's gritty 1996 incarnation.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.