James Mangold to Direct Juliet Universal Pictures (US) has acquired the rights to “Juliet,” a novel by Danish author Anne Fortier. James Mangold and Cathy Konrad will produce through their Tree Line Film, says The Hollywood Reporter. Mangold is also attached to direct the adaptation. The book, to be published in 2010, toggles from medieval Siena to the present day in a story about a woman who discovers she may be descended from the people who inspired one of the most popular and tragic love stories of all time. No writer is on board to adapt the project.