Spike Lee to direct hip-hop love story ‘Prince of Cats’

Spike Lee to direct hip-hop love story ‘Prince of Cats’

Spike Lee is set to direct the film adaptation of Ron Wimberly’s graphic novel Prince of Cats, a hip-hop take on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.

Legendary announced that Lee is also working on a rewrite of the script with Wimberly and the screenwriter Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, reports Pitchfork.

Prince of Cats is set in the 1980s in “Da People’s Republic of Brooklyn,” and rooted in 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.

Janet and Kate Zucker of Zucker Productions will produce Prince of Cats, with Legendary’s Jon Silk and Ali Mendes overseeing for the company.

Prince of Cats returns Lee to telling sagas featuring his beloved Brooklyn, which has been the setting of many of his films, including She’s Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Crooklyn, Clockers, He Got Game and Red Hook Summer.