F. Gary Gray is set to direct the big screen adaptation of Antony Johnston and Brett Weldele's urban take on Shakespeare, 'Julius'. Film rights to the Oni Press graphic novel have been acquired by Mandalay Pictures according to today's Variety.
Oni provides this description for the graphic novel:
Julius is the gangster king of the East End and his public persona is as beloved as it would be were he true royalty. But in private, his generals conspire to remove Julius for their own selfish gain. This reworking of Shakespeare's classic tale of betrayal, corruption, narcissism, and violence gives the play a new power and modern relevance. Expertly updated and skillfully rendered, Julius is a precise stab into the dark heart of comics.
Eric Gitter of Closed on Mondays Entertainment, the producing arm of Oni Press, will produce; Oni’s Peter Schwerin and Joe Nozemack exec produce. Schulman, David Zelon and Jonathan Krauss will oversee the project for Mandalay.