December 11, 2012 3:51pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
ABC Family Developing Two More 'Romeo and Juliet' Dramas (Exclusive)
ABC Family is looking for a story about star-crossed lovers.
The youth-skewing network has put a pair of Romeo and Juliet-themed projects into development based on two young-adult novels.
Recovery Road, based on the 2011 book by Blake Nelson, centers on a high school girl who finds love at rehab, where she's seeking treatment for a drinking and temper problem, and what happens to the couple once they leave recovery.
The project hails from Pilgrim Studios (Lifetime's Whisper of Fear), and a search is underway for a writer to pen the script.
Juliet Immortal, meanwhile, is based on the 2012 book by Stacey Jay and is described as a paranormal love story revolving around Romeo and Juliet, who meet again -- as enemies.
Jay will write and produce the adaptation of her book in which Juliet was murdered by her new husband, Romeo, as a sacrifice to ensure his immortality. What he didn't anticipate, however, is that Juliet would be granted eternity and spend her days fighting her former beloved to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent.
ABC Family is searching for a studio to package the project.
Recovery Road and Juliet Immortal mark the second and third Romeo and Juliet-themed dramas set up at the cable network that's home to Pretty Little Liars and Switched at Birth. ABC Family also has The Falls, author Nicholas Sparks' modern reimagining of William Shakespeare's literary classic, in development.
Nelson (Paranoid Park, Girl) is repped by Writers House.