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'Grey Gardens' & 'The Vow' Helmer Michael Sucsy To Direct 'Romeo & Juliet' Spinoff 'Rosaline'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2011 2:53 AM
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William Shakespeare’s iconic tale “Romeo and Juliet” has probably been brought to screen more than any other story. There is George Cukor’s 1936 production that won four Academy Awards, Franco Zeffirelli’s adaptation which earned two Academy Awards, Renato Castellani’s 1954 version and Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 “Romeo+Juliet” (starring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio) with its MTV Generation-targeting soundtrack. Of course, let's not forget the Hailee Steinfeld vehicle that will begin filming this summer. The premise of the story has also been successfully and widely adapted for other television and film productions such as Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’ 1961 film “West Side Story” about New York gangs, John Madden’s 1998 critically acclaimed “Shakespeare in Love” and Disney’s television soap “High School Musical” to name but a few. So it's high time that another production joined the club, this time with a fresh outlook, and now Emmy-winning film director, screenwriter, and producer Michael Sucsy has signed a deal to direct Fox 2000’s “Rosaline,” an updated version of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.

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