Fox 2000 has hired Michael Suscy, director of the award-winning HBO mini-series Grey Gardens, to helm their adaptation of Rebecca Serle’s novel Rosaline. Showblitz reports that Suscy has landed the job for the film, which serves as an update to Shakespeare’s classic Romeo & Juliet story. Because it’s been a while since we’ve seen a glib teen high school comedy loosely based on a Shakespeare play, Rosaline will be a contemporary version of the story set in (you guessed it) high school. The film will tell the tale of Juliet and her Romeo from the perspective of the latter’s jilted ex-lover Rosaline.
We reported back in November that (500) Days of Summer scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber would be writing the screenplay, but it’s unknown if Suscy will be using their draft or commissioning a rewrite. Shawn Levy (Night at the Musem) is producing.
[Update: We’ve been told by Fox that Rosaline won’t be contemporary after all, and will be set in Verona in the 1500’s instead. This is definitely more intriguing. The logline is as follows: “Romeo’s jilted ex-girlfriend Rosaline tells her side of the classic Romeo and Juliet story in this comedy set in 16th century Verona.”]