‘Rocky: The Musical’ Director Signs On For Universal’s Revisionist ‘Romeo & Juliet’ Film ‘Rosaline’

By October 11, 2013

If you’ll remember a couple weeks ago, I told you about the recent rash of side characters/villains like Disney’s Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty) and Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmatians) getting their own standalone films, and now there’s a new girl on the block.

This time, we’re getting one from the POV of a jaded and dumped cousin of the girl who went on to become one half of the most famous starcrossed lovers ever created.

There’s a new “comedic and revisionist take on Romeo and Juliet” about to go down over at Universal and they’ve tapped Broadway director and two-time Tony nominee Alex Timbers (The Pee-Wee Herman ShowRocky: The Musical) to direct.

You heard me.


Rosaline is based on the novel When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle, with a screenplay by (500) Days of Summer‘s Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet set the action in modern day with old school dialogue, but this one’s doing the opposite – it’ll be set in the intended time period, but will have modern dialogue. The story will be viewed through the eyes of Rosaline, Romeo’s first girlfriend…who gets the boot once her cousin Juliet enters the picture.

Telling this classic tale from a different POV and maybe in the form of a musical? I don’t know, man…

According to THR, Rosaline will have same spirit as The Wizard Of Oz-inspired Wicked (which set up that tale from the Wicked Witch’s POV) so I feel like I gotta trust the guy who successfully re-launched Pee-Wee Herman’s live show and I hear GREAT things about Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, so I’ll hold judgment till I see some casting.


Stay tuned!

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