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ABC Picks Up Romeo & Juliet TV Show

Star-crossed lovers are nothing new on television, but ABC is taking things back to the beginning. The network has committed to developing Romeo & Juliet, a retelling of the William Shakespeare classic that may be directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who tackled Romeo-style romance in Twilight and was thisclose to directing a modern-day Hamlet with Emile Hirsch; unlike that project (and countless Romeo rip-offs over the years), this one won't be contemporized. There will be at least one key difference from the main text, though: Somehow, we doubt that the romantic leads of an ABC series will off themselves anytime soon. In that respect, consider Shakespeare's story fixed! [Deadline]