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Okay, you're probably only reading this because it sounds either really intriguing or completely ludicrous to think about: but either way you were curious. Well so was I (both intrigued and dumbfounded) when I came across the original concept created by none other than the magnificent Stan Lee. The story of Romeo and Juliet in a dystopian universe filled with artificial humans and cyborgs just seems awesome!

You probably have one of two thoughts after reading that statement:

  • Seriously, this is what the world has come to? OR
  • Why have I not seen this before?

Well, I'm in the latter category of thoughts and hopefully you are too. In 2012, Stan Lee fashioned a story that was a retelling of Shakespeare's tragic story of love and loss featuring cyborgs and genetically-enhanced humans. The graphic novel, Romeo and Juliet: The War, was written by Max Work and released through Lee's own POW! Entertainment label and was popular enough to rise to become a New York Times Best Seller.

It seems as though there has been a push as-of-late to bring this incredible version to the big screen. POW! Entertainment and Lionsgate are teaming up to produce this epic tale. Here's the official synopsis:

"Two groups of superhuman soldiers who turned the Empire of Verona into the most powerful territory on Earth. The MONTAGUES, powerful cyborgs made of artificial DNA, and the CAPULETS, genetically enhanced humans known for their speed and agility, worked in tandem to destroy all threats to the city. With no one left to fight, the MONTAGUES and CAPULETS found themselves a new enemy: each other.

A young MONTAGUES boy and CAPULETS girl who fall in love. They secretly plan to marry, hoping their union can be what brings peace between the warring factions. But forces beyond their control begin to conspire against them, threatening their love, their lives... And the entire Empire of Verona.

A tragedy that spans all space and time.

Romeo and Juliet: The War."

Whatever your thoughts are about Shakespeare becoming film, you've got to admit that his works are not immune to taking on a modern twist. We've seen countless adaptations of Shakespeare; from Baz Luhrmann's film Romeo + Juliet to Michael Almereyda's Hamlet featuring Ethan Hawke. Along with the countless re-purposing in romantic comedies over the years - we've definitely seen Shakespeare in new and unique ways, and Stan Lee's version is no different. So the question is:

[Source: Variety]


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