Ronald Wimberly‘s Prince of Cats may finally be coming to the big screen, under the talented direction of Spike Lee. The graphic novel, which is a 1980s hip-hop take on William Shakespeare‘s Romeo and Juliet, centers Juliet’s cousin Tybalt and his Capulet brothers, rather than focusing on the star-crossed lovers themselves. In the graphic novel, the band of brothers navigate Da People’s Republic of Brooklyn, where underground sword-dueling with the Montagues spins off an entire subculture.
The Hollywood Reporter broke news about the film on Wednesday night. In addition to directing, Lee will also work with Wimberly and scribe Selwyn Seyfu Hinds to rewrite the existing script. Per THR, although Knives Out star Lakeith Stanfield was originally slated to star as the titular Prince of Cats, he is no longer attached to the project.
Prince of Cats was originally published by Vertigo Comics in 2012, then reissued by Image Comics as a hardcover in 2016. Image also released a new trade paperback edition in June, with a new cover.
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