Queen Latifah, Will Smith To Produce Hip-Hop “Romeo and Juliet” Film
A hip-hop musical version of the popular love tale, Romeo and Juliet, is in the works at Netflix with Will Smith and Queen Latifah as its producers.
The film is described as a contemporary, musical take on William Shakespeare’s tragedy set against the urban rhythms of New York. The love story follows a young waitress from the streets of Brooklyn and an aspiring musician from a wealthy family whose unconventional romance forces them to confront their life choices.
Solvan “Slick” Naim, who is behind the streamer’s upcoming series It’s Bruno, will direct from a script he wrote with Dave Broome.
Latifah and Shakim Compere will produce via their Flavor Unit Entertainment banner, along with David Broome and Yong Yam for 25/7 Productions. Smith will act as an executive producer under his Overbrook Entertainment, with James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett.
Other credits to Niam’s name include episodes of Baz Luhrman’s The Get Down, Starz’s Power and FX’s Snowfall. He is repped by CAA, Fourth Wall Management and Ziffren Brittenham.