“Next Tuesday, November 1st is the twentieth anniversary of me second film Romeo + Juliet. It was an extraordinary creative journey, the likes of which I’m sure the cast, crew and close collaborators will never quite experience again. Many doubted the preposterous ambition of setting Shakespeare’s beloved tragic romance in a heighted creative world, with a then relatively unknown Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, but we did make it, overcoming incredible odds shooting entirely in Mexico. Over the next 7 days, the team and I are going to go through our unpublished archives and as a celebration of time passing, release previously unseen items leading up to R+J’s 20th birthday. Think of it as a big shoutout to Shakespeare himself, whose 400th anniversary is this year.
P.S: If you had anything to do with the making of the film, or are simply, just a fan and want to share, don’t hold back. Though I’m still getting down with ‘The Get Down’, the team and I so much enjoy looking at everything.”
MoMA Slates Fall Bardfest With 21 Shakespeare-Related Films
Mark your calendars: Breaking Bard: Shakespeare on Film, October 12–24, celebrates the array of cinematic interpretations created in the 400 years since the artist’s death. Deadline Hollywood has the scoop, and the screening schedule (Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, anyone?). Tickets on sale soon!