The long-in-development Romeo & Juliet project ROSALINE has taken another step forward with the attachment of Ry Russo-Young. She is set to take over directing duties from Alex Timbers. Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber are adapting the film for Universal.
Based on the novel When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle, the story is a modern-day re-telling of one of William Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies from the point of view of a Rosaline, Romeo Montague’s spurned ex and Juliet’s cousin from the play. However, in this iteration, Rosaline does return Romeo’s feelings but when Juliet, Rosaline’s former best friend, moves back to town, Rosaline begins to fear for Romeo’s heart and life as he falls for the vindictive Juliet.
Rosaline will join the likes of other modern-day teen Shakespeare adaptations like O and 10 Things I Hate About You, but this one comes with a twist.
It’s been in the works for some time, with names like Felicity Jones, Lily Collins, Deborah Ann Woll, Dave Franco, and Hailee Steinfeld (who starred in a more traditional adaptation of the play in 2013) once attached to star in the film. However, Young’s attachment pushes the project in the right direction.
Most recently, she directed and co-wrote Nobody Walks in 2012 starring John Krasinski as well as the teen drama Before I Fall for Open Road Films, which is currently awaiting release. Her 2007 films Orphans was nominated for a Jury Award at South by Southwest.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor