Director Spike Lee, who’s most recent cinematic offering was the well-received BlacKkKlansman, will helm an adaptation of Ron Wimberly's graphic novel Prince of Cats for Legendary Pictures. Lee will work on the script alongside both Wimberly and Selwyn Seyfu Hinds.
Prince of Cats is an 1980s hip-hop retelling of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo & Juliet. However, the story won’t be told through the titular characters. Instead, the narrative will showcase their tragic love and longing from the perspective of Juliet's hot-headed cousin Tybalt.
Taking place in Da People’s Republic of Brooklyn, Tybalt and his Capulet brothers find themselves participating in underground sword dueling clashes against rival family the Montagues. The aesthetic of the world will be designed to be bright and vibrant and is said to include common hip-hop essentials like DJing, emceeing, breakdancing and graffiti culture.
Hinds, who used to work for The Source magazine, wrote the original script for this adaptation of Wimberly’s graphic novel. Janet and Kate Zucker of Zucker Productions will produce the movie, while Jon Silk and Ali Mendes will oversee the project on behalf of Legendary.
At the time of writing, there is no release date information for Prince of Cats.