Friday, October 15, 2010

Romeo and Juliet on TV?

ABC is reportedly developing a TV pilot based on Shakespeare's teen-angst tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Andrea Berloff is writing the script, and director Catherine Hardwicke -- of "Twilight" fame -- has been named as a possible director. If it works, it will be the first time Romeo and Juliet has been successfully adapted to the small screen.

I feel torn about this. On the one hand, more Shakespeare is good. Anything that encourages tweens and teens to explore the Bard's work must have some value.

On the other hand, how can the show possibly stay true to Shakespeare's poetry and plot, especially if the show continues over multiple seasons? Will viewers respond to a program whose ending is so well known? Of course, theater-goers continue to respond to the real R&J, and we already know how that's going to end, too.

I just don't know -- let's wait and see how it goes.

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