Spike Lee is set to direct the film adaptation of Ron Wimberly’s graphic novel Prince of Cats. The novel is a hip-hop take on Shakespeare’s famous Romeo & Juliet, with a mix of urban melodrama and samurai action. Spike Lee, Ron Wimberly and the screenwriter Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, are also working on rewriting the original script.
The novel Prince of Cat’s setting is in the 1980s, similar to his film ‘Da People’s Republic of Brooklyn‘. The story roots from the hip-hop culture of DJing, MCing, breakdancing, and graffiti writing. It follows Juliet’s cousin Tybalt and his Capulet brothers as they duel with the rival Montagues. Get Out actor Lakeith Stanfield originally was one of the main characters in the film, but no longer will.
Spike Lee has had many movies on our screens for over 30 years now and has had many endeavors in this year alone. In July, Netflix canceled Lee’s series She’s Gotta Have It, another film adaption that was released in Nov.2017 on Netflix. In June, Universal re-released Lee’s 1989 classic Do The Right Thing in honor of its 30th anniversary.