and Juliet and Zombies
Story in One Sentence:
But soft, what light from yonder window breaks?
The screenplay for Romeo and Juliet and Zombies
is loosely based on Shakespeare’s original script. Much of the dialog
has been cast into modern vernacular, except where classic scenes with
classic dialog might be expected by our audience. References to
“star-crossed lovers”, “fair Verona”, “parting is such sweet sorrow” and the
like are retained. The motion picture is sure to engender the wrath of high
school English teachers around the world, or perhaps it may create its own
cult following among young people who come to appreciate the original
because of our mash up of classic vs. modern thought and expression.
The screenplay is divided into three acts, although
Shakespeare’s original play called for five acts. Shakespeare’s original
five acts have been incorporated into the screenplay as follows:
Act One of our screenplay consists of an
adaptation of Shakespeare’s Act I Prologue, followed by Act I, Scenes 1-5.
Act Two of our screenplay consists of an
adaptation of Shakespeare’s Act II Prologue, followed by Act II, Scenes
1-6; then followed by Act III, Scenes 1-5.
Act Three of our screenplay consists of
Shakespeare’s Act IV, Scenes 1-5; followed by Act V, Scenes 1-3.
In addition, we have crafted our own take on the final
scene of Shakespeare’s play, explaining the real, untold reason for the
reconciliation of the Capulet/Montague feud, which is the coming together of
the families to defeat the zombies which threaten fair Verona. By having to
dispatch their own children, family members (including Lady Montague, Tybalt,
Mercutio), and other close people who have become “zombified” due to the
infection by the “foul plague” that has run rampant through fair Verona, the
Capulet and Mantague families come together to defeat a mutual problem.
The screenplay takes quite a bit of liberty with
Shakespeare’s script, of course, but every attempt has been made to keep the
flavor of the original. It is interesting to note that Shakespeare included
“foreshadowing” of the deaths of Romeo and Juliet by references to the pale
looks of the young people, especially in Act Two of our play (the classic
balcony scene). We, of course, have modified that particular scene to
foreshadow our characters becoming zombies at the end of the motion picture.