The basis for the latest ABC drama project from Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland is a work of literature that is probably the most famous piece written by William Shakespeare — probably the most famous writer.
Variety reports that Rhimes, Shondaland’s Betsy Beers and writer Heather Mitchell are adapting the sequel “Still Star-Crossed,” based on the 2013 book about events following Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”
“The love story follows the conflict between the Capulets and the Montagues in the wake of Romeo and Juliet’s deaths,” Variety reports. “Mitchell, a ‘Scandal’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ writer/producer, will serve as writer and exec producer on the ABC Studios project in development, while Rhimes and Beers will serve as non-writing producers on the broadcast take on the young adult novel by author Melinda Taub. Michael R. Goldstein of The MrG Production Co. will also exec produce.”
The report notes that Shondaland has been widening the scope of its projects for ABC, with a current development slate that includes a suburban singles comedy along with a Catholic nun drama and a military drama set in Baghdad.