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Spike Lee to direct hip hop Romeo and Juliet-inspired film ‘Prince of Cats’

ABC/Rick RowellSpike Lee has found his next big Brooklyn-set project.
According to Indie Wire, the Oscar-winner will direct a film adaption of Ron Wimberly’s 2012 graphic novel Prince of Cats.
The film, described as the &…

ABC/Rick RowellSpike Lee has found his next big Brooklyn-set project.

According to Indie Wire, the Oscar-winner will direct a film adaption of Ron Wimberly’s 2012 graphic novel Prince of Cats.

The film, described as the “the B-side to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet,” will follow Romeo's rival, Juliet's short-tempered cousin Tybalt. The drama, seen through the eyes of Tybalt, will be set in Lee's stomping ground of Brooklyn, "where underground sword-dueling blossomed alongside hip-hop, punk, disco and no wave."

In addition to directing, Lee will also re-write the Prince of Cats script with Wimberly.

This is the latest project for Lee, who is currently in post-production for his thriller Da 5 Bloods and is working on the civil rights drama Son of the South.

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