'Romeo and Juliet' Is Getting a Reboot from Shonda Rhimes


Imagine Scandal meets How to Get Away With Murder, but set in fair Verona instead of D.C. or Philly. That's the premise behind Still Star-Crossed, a Romeo and Juliet-inspired drama brought to you by Shonda Rhimes. Which, wheee!

Deadline reports that Rhimes will executive produce the show, which was created by Heather Mitchell, an executive producer on Scandal. (Mitchell wrote the gasp-worthy episode in which Olivia Pope says "yes," she's the president's mistress.)

Still Star-Crossed, which is being produced for ABC, won't actually focus on Romeo and Juliet. Instead, it will focus on the Montagues and Capulets dealing with the fallout from their children's deaths. It's based on a 2013 book with the same name, written by Melinda Taub, which featured bloody brawls and a complicated plot to unite the two families through marriage. Looks like the perfect plot for a Shondaland show. 

Because she's basically the queen of television, Rhimes isn't content with working on just one new show, though. The Hollywood Reporter notes that she has sold four TV shows to ABC this year alone. So keep a look out for divorce comedy Splitsville, a convent-set drama called Brides of Christ, and an untitled drama about soldiers in Baghdad. As if your DVR wasn't jam-packed with Rhimes' shows to begin with.

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Megan Friedman

Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.