Shonda Rhimes is getting behind another series project from a key writer-producer on one of her shows. In a competitive situation, ABC has nabbed Still Star-Crossed, a Romeo and Juliet sequel drama from Scandal co-executive producer Heather Mitchell.
Written by Mitchell, Still Star-Crossed is based on the book by Melinda Taub. Set in 16th century Verona after the events in William Shakespeare’s tragedy, it follows the conflict between the Capulets and the Montagues in the wake of Romeo and Juliet’s deaths. In the book, to end the family feud, Prince Escalus orders the most eligible Montague bachelor, Benvolio, Romeo’s best friend, to marry Juliet’s older cousin, Capulet maid Rosaline, the girl Romeo first loved. Mitchell executive produces with Shondaland’s Rhimes and Betsy Beers as well as The MrG Production Co.’s Michael R. Goldstein.
Mitchell, repped by UTA, first worked on Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy before joining Scandal after the pilot. She has written a number of episodes, including this season’s buzzed-about Episode 2 titled “Yes,” in which Olivia Pope admitted that she was the President’s mistress.
Two years ago, Shondaland backed the drama pitch of Peter Nowalk, another writer who had started on Grey’s before serving as a co-executive producer on Scandal. That project became ABC’s drama series How To Get Away With Murder, part of the network’s TGIT lineup along with Grey’s and Scandal.
Rhimes is repped by ICM Partners. Taub is with ICM Partners and Underground. Goldstein is with ICM Partners and Sloane, Offer.