Spike Lee to Direct Ron Wimberly’s Prince of Cats
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that iconic director Spike Lee will be directing Prince of Cats. The film is based on the graphic novel by Ron Wimberly and is a riff on Romeo & Juliet set in the 1980s hip-hop scene.
Lee will rewrite the script working with Wimberly and writer Selwyn Seyfu Hinds. Hinds wrote the initial script for the adaptation.
In August 2018 the film landed with Legendary and was being developed as a vehicle for Lakeith Stanfield. It’s unknown if Stanfield is still attached to the movie.
The story’s spin on the classic tale by the Bard is that it’s seen through the eyes of Tybalt, Juliet’s angry and duel-loving cousin. The film follows Tybalt and his Capulet brothers who live in Da People’s Republic of Brooklyn, a world of sword dueling, DJing, emceeing, breakdancing, and graffiti.
The graphic novel was originally released through DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint and was recently re-released through Image Comics.
The story is a return to Brooklyn for Lee, a favorite setting of his films and has been featured in his She’s Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Crooklyn, Clockers, He Got Game and Red Hook Summer.