Spike Lee has signed on to co-write and direct Legendary's Prince of Cats adaptation, reports Deadline. Lee plans to co-write the Romeo & Juliet revamp's screenplay with the OGN's author Ron Wimberly as well as Selwyn Seyfu Hinds (The Twilight Zone). The Hollywood trade previously reported that Lakeith Stanfield had signed on in the lead role.
Taking its title from a derogatory name Tybalt was called in Shakespeare’s original story, Wimberly’s Prince of Cats follows the so-called Prince and his Capulet crew as they enter the heated Brooklyn streets to vie for control, respect, and honor against their cross-town adversaries the Montagues.
"When I was a kid in school, Romeo & Juliet was my least favorite of Shakespeare's plays because I thought the teenagers' behavior, killing themselves, was absurd," Wimberly told Newsarama in 2012. "But I’ve lived a little since, got some perspective on youth that illuminated things a bit; the characters all of a sudden made sense but something else fell into relief, and I discovered new questions that I explore in the work. Questions that are born from my perspective.
Originally published by Vertigo in 2012, Prince of Cats jumped to Image Comics for several subsequent reprints.