Shawn Levy and '(500) Days Of Summer' Writers Teaming For Modern Teen Re-Do Of 'Romeo & Juliet'

by Oliver Lyttelton
November 15, 2010 2:45 AM
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(500) Days Of Bummer


Is it just us, or is Shakespeare suddenly back in vogue? Catherine Hardwicke's "Hamlet" might have fallen apart, but we're about to see Julie Taymor's take on "The Tempest" (for better or worse...), with the animation "Gnomeo and Juliet" and Ralph Fiennes' "Coriolanus" coming next year, and the sci-fi picture "Henry5" currently gathering financing. All in all, the long-dead playwright hasn't been quite so popular since the turn of the millennium brought adaptations of "Love's Labours Lost," "Hamlet," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Titus" (plus "The Taming of the Shrew" re-rub "10 Things I Hate About You").

Now it looks like there's another high-school Shakespeare on the way, from some fairly unlikely sources. Deadline reports that Fox 2000 have bought the rights to "Rosaline," the first novel from author Rebecca Serle. The plot, set in a contemporary high-school, follows the classic story through the eyes of Rosaline, the unseen girl that Romeo is lovestruck by at the beginning of the play.

Shawn Levy, director of "Night at the Museum" and "Date Night," and generally a complete waste of space, will produce through his 21 Laps shingle, and he's hired Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, writers of last year's sleeper hit "(500) Days of Summer," to pen the screenplay, having worked with them before on the script for the Levy-produced "Pink Panther 2."

On the surface, this is pretty disastrous, particularly considering the presence of the vacuous Levy (although it seems unlikely that he'll direct, at least). But "10 Things I Hate About You" did prove that a decent comedy can be made from Shakespearean source material, and, while '(500) Days...' had its fair share of flaws, Neustadter & Weber are fairly talented writers (their high-school script "The Spectacular Now," currently gearing up for production with "Vicious Kind" director Lee Toland Krieger directing, was excellent). Even so, it'll take a lot of convincing to get us into theaters for this one, should it make it that far.

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2 Comments

  • Oliver Lyttelton | November 16, 2010 12:22 AMReply

    I didn't know that, but on Googling it, I can see that, yes, Shawn Levy is, or at least was, a producer on The Spectacular Now. Fair play to him.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't yet cancel out Big Fat Liar, Just Married, Cheaper By The Dozen, The Pink Panther, The Rocker, What Happened In Vegas, Night at the Museum, Night at the Museum 2 and Date Night.

  • haters gonna hate | November 16, 2010 12:06 AMReply

    I find it funny that this article disses Levy but then in the same paragraph praises Neustader & Weber for their work on "The Spectacular Now" and fails to mention that this "excellent" script was also a product of a collaboration with Levy.

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