Steven Spielberg Wants To Remake ‘West Side Story’

The director has been working for years to get the rights to remake one particular classic musical, and now that he has them, he’s looking forward to one day remaking West Side Story.

Now, according to a profile by The Hollywood Reporter, it looks like his first job after he’s done with Indiana Jones 5 in 2019 could be a remake of West Side Story . Apparently, Tony Kushner, the screenwriter and playwright who handled the scripts for Spielberg’s Munich, Lincoln, and the upcoming The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, is currently working on West Side Story. Spielberg says he has dreamt of adapting the film “for decades” and that he first attempted to acquire the rights 15 years ago.

West Side Story takes the basic premise of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Julietand transplants the action to the upper west side of New York City, circa 1950. The two lead characters, Tony and Maria, fall in love, even though they are members of rival gangs, the Sharks and the Jets. It was previously made into a film in 1961 which won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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  1. May be he will put an alien in there 🙂 I like how he wants to step out of his comfort zone all the time. A musical by Spielberg should be very interesting.

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  2. beetleypete says:

    Thanks for the follow of my blog, which is much appreciated.
    I am notorious for hating remakes, and failing to see much point in them.
    This must be one of the most pointless examples of a remake in the history of cinema.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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