Temple Hill, the production company behind The Twilight Saga, is coming to television, with a new two-year deal with ABC and two new projects based on classic literature. Be very afraid.
The company, founded five years ago by producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, will first bring a television version of Romeo and Juliet set in Shakespeare's original setting of renaissance Verona to the alphabet network (Original Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke is rumored to direct, but considering her full movie schedule, that may wishful thinking on someone's behalf more than fact) before moving on to what Deadline is describing as a contemporary re-imagining" of The Count of Monte Cristo that recasts the central characters as women in upper class Hamptons society. That project is being written by Swingtown creator Mike Kelley.
The company also has a project set up at the CW, with L Word creator Ilene Chaiken, but no word as yet what classic work that'll, uh, be "influenced by."