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James Mangold To Direct Juliet
A modern spin on Shakespeare's heroine

07 January 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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You've got to be quick off the mark in Hollywood if you want your choice of the best properties, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the case of Juliet, a book which won't be published until 2010 but which is already headed for the screen with James Mangold.

The novel, by Danish author Anne Fortier, is the story of a woman who discovers that she may be descended from Shakespeare's star-cross'd lovers Romeo & Juliet. The action apparently switches between medieval Siena and the modern day, leaving us with just one question: when in hell did R&J find time to have a kid? What about the whole double suicide bit? Because if this modern person is just descended from Mercutio or Tibalt or something, that's just no fun at all. And if they're descended from Romeo and Juliet themselves, that's a big piece of revisionism right there.

 That said, the book caused a frenzy of bidding at September's Frankfurt book fair, so it must have something going for it. Mangold is attached to direct as well as produce the film, but there's no word on a screenwriter yet.


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Fiction
If we can have The Da Vinci Code, then we can have this. Should be just as entertaining seeing everyone getting worked up over it. It's fiction for heaven's sake! Anything can happen.... More

Posted by domino05 at 12:37 on 08 January 2009 | Report This Post

This really just makes me sad for James Mangold. I love him, but did he learn nothing from "Kate and Leopold? More

Posted by Graygrrrl at 22:42 on 07 January 2009 | Report This Post

Sorry to be pedantic
but it's Tybalt, not Tibalt And the idea that Romeo and Juliet had a child? Preposterous! They only knew each other 5 days, they both ended up dead and she was only 12 (which I know is not beyond the realms of possibility but is still a but yuck!) More

Posted by vicki-leigh at 16:39 on 07 January 2009 | Report This Post

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That's possibly the most stupid idea ever... The story of 'Romeo and Juliet' is one which spans over 5 days, ending in both of them dying... how could they possibly have had a kid? That cant be it... More

Posted by lona_no_friends at 15:46 on 07 January 2009 | Report This Post

What a dumb idea....R+J never had a kid. I don't get it. More

Posted by evildave69 at 13:42 on 07 January 2009 | Report This Post

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