There was plenty of eye-rolling when it was announced a new version of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet was in the works. Many asked whether after Franco Zeferelli and Baz Luhrmann’s versions, we needed another take. However in my opinion there’s no real problem with doing Romeo & Juliet on film again – but you do need to bring something new to the party, or at least do the old stuff so well it’s riveting in its own right. [Read more…]
Do we need another movie version of Romeo and Juliet? Well, director Carlo Carlei obviously thinks so as he’s helmed a new version starring Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Stellan Skarsgard.
The film was show quite a few months ago, but it’s only now we’re getting to see the first trailer, which lays the period renaissance detail and Shakespearean language on thick. It’s certainly going to be pretty (and not just because Douglas Booth is in it), but it remains to be seen whether, after Franco Zeferelli and Baz Luhrmann’s versions, we really need another one now.
The film will be out in the UK on July 26th.