Shawn Levy to Produce Revisionist Romeo and Juliet Story from (500) DAYS OF SUMMER Scribes

     November 13, 2010

It’s been a few years since we’ve seen a “hip” take on a Shakespeare classic, so we were due.  Shawn Levy, director/producer of Date Night and the upcoming Real Steel, has made a deal with Fox 2000 to produce an update of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, adapted from the novel Rosaline by Rebecca Serle .  Deadline reports that “this is a contemporary version set in a high school, and the famed story is told from the vantage point of Rosaline, the jilted ex-girlfriend of Romeo.” Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber will be writing the screenplay for the film.

Neustadter and Weber also wrote the refreshingly original (500) Days of Summer, as well as the less than refreshingly original Pink Panther 2.  Levy recently wrapped filming the Steven Spielberg-produced action/sci-fi flick Real Steel, with Hugh Jackman playing the lead.  Hit the jump for a bit more on the film.

I loved the sincerity of (500) Days of Summer, and thought the screenplay from Neustadter and Weber was top notch. However, their work on Pink Panther 2 makes me a little uneasy about this project. Not to mention the fact that the premise brings to mind the slew of 90’s teen comedies based on Shakespeare plays that dominated movie theaters over a decade ago.  However, it may be unfair to judge the pair based on only two writing credits. They also have a comedy series for NBC called Friends with Benefits airing midseason that didn’t look terrible from the promos.

It’s really too soon to start judging this project, as it’s without a cast and director at this point. I think if Levy lines up the right people for the flick, it could be interesting.

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