Published Nov 14, 2019Spike Lee has signed on to helm a film adaptation of Ron Wimberly's graphic novel Prince of Cats (itself a reinterpretation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee's adaptation will be a hip-hop version of the classic tale, set in the 1980s in Da People's Republic of Brooklyn.
The story will be told through the lens of Tybalt (cousin to Juliet) and his Capulet family.
In addition to duelling the Montague family with underground swordfighting, there will also be battles involving DJing, emceeing, breakdancing and graffiti.
The script was written by Lee, Wimberly and Selwyn Seyfu Hinds.
Lakeith Stanfield was initially slated to star in the film, but he is no longer attached to the project.
Lee's last film to be released was the Oscar-nominated BlacKkKlansman. He also recently shot a film called Da 5 Bloods, which is currently in post-production.