Oh Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?
The novel, which is based on an interpretation of William Shakespeare’s classic “Romeo and Juliet” tale, was created by 1821 Media’s Terry Dougas and Stan Lee. The illustrations in the novel were illustrated by Skan Srisuwan while the story was written by Max Work. Screenwriter John J. Griffin will be adapting the screenplay for the film.
1821 Media’s Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis and Dougas are set to produce the film with Lee and Gill Champion of POW! serving as the executive producers.
In a statement, Lee said:
What a treat is it to finally announce our partnership with Lionsgate on a project.
“The story of Romeo and Juliet is one of my absolute favourites, and I can’t wait to bring our rendition of this classic to life“, added Lee.
“Romeo and Juliet: The War”, which was published in 2012, was an instant hit that it became a New York Times bestseller. In addition, the novel set the Guinness World Record for being the largest graphic novel.
Not long ago, Kasidokostas-Latsis set up a “Hercules” film fund for the purpose of bringing European investors to Hollywood. Rhea Films was created by Dougas as the producing vehicle for movies that are financed by “Hercules”. The 2 and Jean-Luc de Fanti served as executive producers in “Mena”, a Doug Liman-directed film that stars Tom Cruise.
Kasidokostas-Latsis and Dougas said in a statement:
Given their success with franchises such as “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” series, Lionsgate is the perfect partner to adapt this graphic novel which is rich in visuals and set in an incredible, futuristic world.
1821 Media’s recent credits include “Jane Got a Gun” by Gavin O’Connor, starring Natalie Portman and “Grandma” by Paul Weitz, starring Lily Tomlin for Sony Classics.