Ron Wimberly’s Prince of Cats Lands at Legendary

Legendary has won the feature rights to Prince of Cats, the graphic novel by Ron Wimberly. It’s being developed as a vehicle for Lakeith Stanfield. The graphic novel was originally published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint and is now published by Image Comics. Selwyn Sefyu Hinds is attached to adapt.

The graphic novel is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet with an 80s hip-hop spin. It takes place in an alt-universe, mid-eighties New York where dueling with live blades evolved as a cultural phenomenon alongside New York’s other street cultures; it eschews the story of the titular star-crossed lovers to follow the tragic story of Tybalt, the Prince of Cats.