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Lionsgate Adapting Stan Lee’s Romeo & Juliet: The War Graphic Novel

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Back in 2011, Stan Lee and 1821 Comics published a futuristic science-fiction take on the classic Shakespeare play with Romeo and Juliet: The War.

Now it’s learned the graphic novel is getting adapted into a movie.

“What a treat it is to finally announce our partnership with Lionsgate on a project,” said Lee, reports Variety. “The story of Romeo and Juliet is one of my absolute favorites, and I can’t wait to bring our rendition of this classic to life.”

The Romeo and Juliet: The War movie is being written by screenwriter John J. Griffin, with Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis and Terry Dougas of 1821 Media producing. Stan Lee and Gill Champion of POW! will executive produce, and Erik Feig and James Myers will oversee the project for Lionsgate.

“Given their success with franchises such as The Hunger Games and Divergent series, Lionsgate is the perfect partner to adapt this graphic novel which is rich in visuals and set in an incredible, futuristic world,” Kasidokostas-Latsis and Dougas said.

The Romeo and Juliet: The War graphic novel was published in a limited giant edition format that set the Guinness World Record for the largest graphic novel. You can purchase it on Amazon.

I interviewed Stan Lee back in 2011 at the NYCC about the book, and the crowd around Stan Lee got so big, that the NYPD threatened to shut him down (it was crazy!). Check out the trailer narrated by Stan Lee below.

ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR story takes Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers and places them in the futuristic sci-fi/fantasy Empire of Verona, 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. 

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Romeo and Juliet The War graphic novel trailer narrated by Stan Lee:

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Warner Bros. Developing Space-Based “Odyssey” Movie With Terry Dougas of 1821 Comics

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TERRY DOUGAS, STAN LEE, SKAN SRISUWAN, GILL CHAMPION

Back at the NYCC in 2011, I interviewed Stan Lee about his gorgeous science-fiction adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic family squabble, Romeo And Juliet: The War.

It was in part written and “re-imagined” by Terry Dougas and published by 1821 Comics. It saw the Montegue’s and Capulet’s arguing and battling it out on another planet in the far future, with digital art by Skan Srisuwan.

Now we learn that Dougas is bringing another classic tale to outer space as Deadline has it that Warner Bros. is adapting Homer’s Odyssey as a space-based movie, describing it as a “re-imagining,” from Dougas and his 1821 Films.

Newcomer James DiLapo is on as writer, and it’s been said that Brad Pitt was even attached to star at one time.

Dougas also has Jane Got A Gun in development which is set to star Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender.

The Odyssey is the second of Homer’s epics, sequel to the Iliad, that centers around the hero Odysseus after the fall of Troy. He is presumed dead with his son and mother dealing with suitor’s attempting to acquire Odysseus’ fortunes.

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Stan Lee’s Romeo and Juliet: The War Debuts At #7 On NY Times Best Seller List

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STAN LEE, 1821 COMICS AND POW! ENTERTAINMENT’S GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK ‘ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR’

HITS #7 ON NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLERS LIST IN ITS FIRST WEEK

 

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:509:]]Los Angeles February 6, 2012—The Fans have spoken. Comic legend Stan Lee, 1821 Comics www.1821comics.com and POW! Entertainment’s highly anticipated large coffee graphic novel book ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR’s nationwide debut last week hit No. 7 on the New York Times Best Sellers list on both hardcover and paperback graphic books best-seller lists. Today ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR is available digitally on iBooks for $9.99. ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR is the brainchild of Lee, Paris Kasidokostas Latsis and Terry Dougas, founders of 1821 Comics and Lee’s producing partner Gill champion, President and COO of POW! Entertainment.

The book is currently available everywhere at local comic retailers and book stores.

ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR is a futuristic and stylized retelling of William Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet tale. A tentpole-style trailer for ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR can be seen at the 1821 Comics YouTube Channel: http://youtu.be/055c9Gic_g0.  ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR story takes Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers and places them in the futuristic sci-fi/fantasy Empire of Verona, 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.

ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR is printed as a beautiful large coffee table book with the story re-imagined by Stan Lee and Terry Dougas, written by Max Work and artwork by Skan Srisuwan.

The book is available as a hard cover collector’s edition and soft cover.

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About 1821 Comics

1821 Comics is a comic book/graphic novel company based out of Los Angeles, California founded by entrepreneurs Paris Kasidokostas Latsis and Terry Dougas. The company is devoted to bringing exciting eye popping new titles to the world of comics. Along with its own titles 1821 is teaming up with some of the top publishers on new cutting edge books. 1821 Comics will remain a diverse publisher with projects for men, women, and children spawning all age groups. The company is highly devoted to story, content, and artwork that will move readers from beginning to end.

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Stan Lee’s Cosmic Epic ‘Romeo and Juliet: The War’ In Stores Now

Editor’s Note: Check out our interview with Stan Lee from the recent New York Comic Con on Romeo and Juliet: The War for more!

 

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COMIC ICON STAN LEE, 1821 COMICS AND POW! ENTERTAINMENT’S NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK
 
‘ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR’ HITS STORES NATIONWIDE TODAY
 
 
 
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:509:]]January 25, 2012—Comic legend Stan Lee’s highly anticipated large coffee graphic novel book ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR hits all major bookstores nationwide and Amazon.com starting today. The novel, a ground-breaking giant book was originally unveiled late last year at the New York Comic Con convention is the brainchild of Lee, Paris Kasidokostas Latsis and Terry Dougas, founders of 1821 Comics www.1821comics.com and Lee’s producing partner Gill champion, President and COO of POW! Entertainment.
 
ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR is a futuristic and stylized retelling of William Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet tale. The project has garnered a tremendous amount of acclaim from comic book fans and Stan Lee enthusiasts. To build even more momentum following the NY Comic Con unveiling, the creators released a tentpole-style trailer for ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR which can be seen at the 1821 Comics YouTube Channel: http://youtu.be/055c9Gic_g0.
 
ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR story takes Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers and places them in the futuristic sci-fi/fantasy Empire of Verona, 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.
 
ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR is printed as a beautiful large coffee table book with the story re-imagined by Stan Lee and Terry Dougas, written by Max Work and artwork by Skan Srisuwan.
 
The book is available as a hard cover collector’s edition and soft cover. To promote the release, Lee will be participating in a special autograph signing session in Los Angeles which will be announced next week.
 
 
Follow 1821 Comics at:
 
 
 
 
 
About 1821 Comics
 
1821 Comics is a comic book/graphic novel company based out of Los Angeles, California founded by entrepreneurs Paris Kasidokostas Latsis and Terry Dougas. The company is devoted to bringing exciting eye popping new titles to the world of comics. Along with its own titles 1821 is teaming up with some of the top publishers on new cutting edge books. 1821 Comics will remain a diverse publisher with projects for men, women, and children spawning all age groups. The company is highly devoted to story, content, and artwork that will move readers from beginning to end.
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Stan Lee Interview: ‘Romeo And Juliet: The War’

STAN LEE TAKES SHAKESPEARE TO THE STARS
ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR

 

 

 

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TERRY DOUGAS, STAN LEE, SKAN SRISUWAN, GILL CHAMPION

This past weekend’s New York Comic Con saw the unveiling of Romeo and Juliet: The War, a new graphic novel from Terry Dougas of 1821 Comics, artist Skan Srisuwan and Stan Lee, which becomes available nationwide November 30th.

1821 Comics partnered with Lee, Founder, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment and his producing partner, President and COO of POW! Entertainment Gill Champion to create Romeo and Juliet: The War, a futuristic sci-fi and cosmic thriller based on the William Shakespeare original.

Thousands gathered around the 1821 Comics Booth to catch a glimpse of Romeo and Juliet: The War and Lee. In fact, so many gathered that the NYPD threatened to shut it down. Cosmic Book News Editor/Publisher Matt McGloin was present to cover the event, and managed to speak to Lee about Romeo and Juliet: The War.

“We brought Romeo and Juliet into the future and the Montegues and the Capulets each have a super power — and there’s a war,” said Lee. “You still got Romeo. You still got Juliet. And you still have romance, but you have the most exciting story we were able to come up with.”

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ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR

Lee continued, remarking on working with writer Terry Dougas of 1821 Comics.

“We are both fans of Shakespeare, we are both fans of graphic novels. I am a fan of Terry’s and he tolerates me [laughs], and we thought this would be a great project, and I think it is a great project and it turned out even better than we imagined it to be,” he said.

Next, Lee commented on the fact that Romeo and Juliet: The War is based on one of literature’s most popular love stories and revealed why they chose that story first.

“It’s the most well-known love story in the world, so when you are going to start with something go to the top,” he said.

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ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR
ART BY SKAN SRISUWAN

As the unveiling showed off the gorgeous art of artist Skan Srisuwan, Lee remarked how they just might do further adventures based on other famous authors’ works, including more by Shakespeare.

“If this does well, we will probably have a sequel, and then who knows, we may do Hamlet, we may do King Lear,” Lee continued. “Shakespeare wrote a lot of things, but there were other great authors, too.”

Lee then said Romeo and Juliet: The War offers something for everyone.

“We took one of the great stories in the world, and we turned it into a graphic novel, but what we did [was] we added a lot of adventure and a lot of super stuff so that fans of super heroes would love it, and also, I think, fans of a great romantic story — or a great story — would also love it.”