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Fox is developing a Latino Romeo And Juliet drama

Romeo + Juliet

It looks like Romeo And Juliet is about to become the new Frankenstein or Wizard Of Oz, which is to say that there’s now multiple TV shows in development that are (in some way) based on/inspired by Shakespeare’s beloved teenage-killing tragedy. First was ABC’s Indivisible, which is about someone who moves to New York, befriends their Muslim neighbor, and then has to deal with “a global jihad” when their kid falls in love with the Muslim neighbor’s kid. (That may not exactly be the original setup of Romeo And Juliet, but at least it sounds way more problematic.) Shondaland showed up after that, with an adaptation of a YA novel called Still Star-Crossed that told the story of the Capulets and Montagues after Romeo and Juliet died.

Now, Fox is jumping into the game with an untitled project from Instructions Not Included’s Eduardo Cisneros and Role Models’ Jason Shuman. This comes from Deadline, and the new(-ish) twist for this incarnation of Romeo And Juliet is that it will be set in the modern day “against the backdrop of Los Angeles’ new Latino wealth in the music and radio industry.” That makes it sound a little Empire-esque, which is presumably what Fox is hoping for anyway.


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