Spike Lee to direct ‘Prince of Cats’, a hip-hop version of Romeo and Juliet
Spike Lee’s next major project will be a reimagining of classic William Shakespeare tale Romeo and Juliet told with a 1980s hip-hop edge.
The film, entitled Prince of Cats, arrives as Lee’s follow-up to the award BlacKkKlansman and will see him direct the project and co-write the script alongside Selwyn Seyfu Hind who is the former editor-in-chief of The Source magazine.
According to The Hollywood Reporter: “The film centres on Tybalt [Juliet’s cousin] and his Capulet brothers, who navigate Da People’s Republic of Brooklyn, where underground sword duelling—including katanas—with the rival Montagues blossoms into a vibrant world.
The report added: “That world includes hip-hop essentials such as DJing, emceeing, breakdancing and graffiti.”
The script is said to be loosely based on Ron Wimberly’s 2012 graphic novel of the same name. Janet and Kate Zucker of Zucker Productions have been brought in to produce the film while Jon Silk and Ali Mendes, executives of Legendary Productions, will oversee the project.