Magazine article Screen International

Romeo Team Could Work with Swarovski Again

Magazine article Screen International

Romeo Team Could Work with Swarovski Again

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Screenwriter Julian Fellowes and producer Ileen Maisel plan to develop future projects with Swarovski Entertainment, which backed their new Romeo and Juliet.

Fellowes told Screen: "Ileen and Nadja [Swarovski] and I want to work together again. We're looking at various things that we're not ready to talk about yet, but it won't be long to wait until we launch off again. It's been a good collaboration."

Sales company Speranza13 showed footage of Romeo to buyers yesterday. Hot talents Hailee Stenfeld and Douglas Booth star for director Carlo Carlei. The film recently wrapped its Italian shoot.

Fellowes, who is a family friend of Swarovski's, brought the company onto the project after Amber's Maisel had hired him to write a new adaptation of the classic play. It marks his first Shakespearean adaptation.

"It's one of his most economically told plays. And it has got some of the most wonderful speeches he ever wrote, and I'm happy to say that they all still in the movie," said Fellowes, best known as the writer of Gosford Park and Downton Abbey.

He continued: "It's been such a long time since a traditional romantic Romeo, really since Zeffirelli 44 years ago. Baz Luhrmann's was wonderful, but it wasn't a traditional medieval Italy climbing roses kind of film...We wanted young people not to feel the language was a barrier. We wanted it accessible, we wanted to open it up and to make it fresh and easy to follow and reasonably brisk."

Fellowes also had high praise for the Italian experts working on the shoot. "The whole Cinecitta experience was so extraordinary...I hope the Italian government gets behind Cinecitta in these tough times. …

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