‘Twilight’ director Catherine Hardwicke may direct ‘Romeo and Juliet’ for ABC | EW.com.
Read the above, then do one of the following:
A) Titter and giggle like a middle school girl at the thought of Leo/Claire 2.
B) React like an adult and vomit profusely for hours.
Why am I so angry? Let me count the ways. (Not Shakespeare…I know.)
1. Shakespeare wrote in the neighborhood of 37 plays. Can we maybe take a look at one of the other 36 plays he wrote before doing yet another misinterpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most middling plays?
2. Yes, I know Hardwicke directed the critically acclaimed Thirteen, but she also directed Twilight. I’m allowed to hold a grudge.
3. Romeo and Juliet – any Shakespearean text – in the hands of Disney-trained actors is like putting a loaded weapon in the hands of an angry chimp. Someone will get hurt and most likely covered in feces when it’s all done.
4. Romeo and Juliet as a TV series? I could see the story being reworked into a longer narrative, where Romeo and Juliet don’t die only three days after meeting each other and we’re allowed to see the in greater detail the inner workings of the two families … but why would I want to when I can just turn on the CW?
I would love to see more mainstrem Shakespeare – truly and really, I would. And maybe, if this comes to fruition, it will be a pleasant surprise – a film or series that examines the thin line between love and hate and the power of choice in a world that seems driven by chance or fate. Or maybe we’ll get more of Leo and Claire staring wistfully at each other through a fish tank. Better yet – maybe Romeo will be a sparkly vampire and Juliet a werewolf.