Sony Developing Romeo and Juliet Reimagining Titled Verona



Heat Vision is reporting that Sony Pictures is in development on a top-secret take on the classic Shakespeare play “Romeo and Juliet” titled Verona, to be produced by Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman).

Though details of the spec screenplay by Neil Widener and Gavin James are being kept under lock and key, the retelling of the romance between two young lovers from opposing families will be stylistically similar to Zack Snyder’s 300.

The classic tale/high school english class staple has been adapted countless times for the screen, including Baz Luhrmann’s violent/hyperstylized modern reimagining William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, James Gunn and Lloyd Kaufman’s transgressive Tromeo and Juliet, and a 2013 version with updated language starring Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth.

Roth is currently in post-production on Disney’s sequel Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, starring Johnny Depp, and pre-production on prequel film The Huntsman, starring Chris Hemsworth.