When it comes to tales of ill-fated romance, it's hard to top the 14th-century flair of one William Shakespeare and his story of teenage twosome Romeo and Juliet—which might be why Hollywood has pretty much stopped trying to write anything new on the subject, instead choosing to rewrite, reboot and reimagine the classic star-crossed lovers into a half dozen as-yet-unreleased projects. They're everywhere! And damn near impossible to keep track of, considering their ubiquitousness; just today, The Hollywood Reporter caught wind of two brand-new shows based on the story in development. So if you want to keep tabs on old R&J as they make their way onto screens both big and small over the next year, we've put together a roundup of where and how you'll be able to see the Shakespearean story done over...and over...and over.
One of three Romeo-and-Juliet dramas in development over at ABC Family, "Recovery Road" is based on a book by Blake Nelson and centers on a teenage girl who meets her true love in rehab—but can their relationship survive in the real world? It's not totally clear how this connects to the original Shakespearean story, but we're picturing a world-weary, mustachioed addiction counselor in the role of the enabling nurse.
Also in development for ABC Family, this modern retelling of the classic play is being spearheaded by Master of All Things Tearjerking Nicholas Sparks...which means, among other things, that whoever plays Romeo will almost certainly make our own boyfriends seem woefully inadequate by comparison.
"Romeo and Juliet"
The no-duh entry on this list, "Romeo and Juliet" is a straight-up, traditional adaptation of Shakespeare's work—featuring luxurious settings, classic costumes and Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld in the titular roles. See it in 2013.
Based on Rebecca Serle's "When You Were Mine," this retelling of the Romeo-and-Juliet story from the point of view of Romeo's jilted ex garnered a bunch of buzz with last February's announcement that Lily Collins and Deborah Ann Woll were on board to play the two leading ladies. But with not a peep from the production since then, we're still waiting to see when—or if—it'll make its way to theaters.
With this entry into the oeuvre, "Romeo and Juliet" has been done to death...literally, as this third drama in development at ABC Family re-imagines Romeo as a power-hungry villain who kills his blushing bride in order to gain immortality. Based on a YA novel by Stacey Jay, "Juliet Immortal" finds the murdered Juliet back in spirit form and bent on stopping her one-time love from destroying the very soul of romantic love.
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