Purists beware.

It looks like ABC is planning on launching a new series based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, but what’s nerve-wracking about it is the directorial choice: Catherine Hardwicke, known for directing Twilight. Talk about opposite ends of the spectrum of literary quality.

On the other hand, maybe Hardwicke has untapped classical talent. But we’ve yet to see it. Something tells me her version of the old classic will resemble Baz Luhrmann’s more than anything. And I’m not a strict purist, but there’s a limit.

Still, in fairness, I’ll reserve judgment until I see it.

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