Spielberg Interested in West Side Story Remake

  • Timbales

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    Mar 06, 2014 1:25 AM GMT
    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREWest Side Story is a classic stage musical that went on to be adapted to the screen in 1961 by Robert Wise. It's such a classic that Fox protected the license from remakes and spin-offs for decades, flying in the face of Hollywood convention. However, a lot of closed doors are quick to open when your name is Spielberg.

    According to Deadline, Fox has finally "unlocked" West Side Story for a potential remake by Steven Spielberg. It should be noted that the legendary director of classics such as Jaws and E.T. has reportedly done nothing more than simply state his interest in possibly remaking the film. Absolutely nothing is set. However, the prospect of working with Spielberg apparently pleases Fox enough to get the ball rolling for him.

    West Side Story was, at its time, a modern retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The film version follows Maria (Natalie Wood) and Tony (Richard Beymer), who fall in love despite having affiliations with rival New York City gangs (the Sharks and the Jets, respectively). The musical introduced beloved songs such as "Tonight," "Somewhere," and "I Feel Pretty."

    If you're interested in the significance of this potential Spielberg-Fox project, Deadline has a lengthy, detailed analysis of what the director's increased interaction with Fox could possibly mean for DreamWorks and more.


    I hope this time it's more realistic. Only one woman comes to the window then someone runs through 1950's Spanish Harlem yelling "Maria!"? I don't think so.
  • MikeW

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    Mar 06, 2014 2:30 AM GMT
    Now, now, there was nothing the least bit unrealistic about West Side punks breaking out into animated song and dance!

  • Timbales

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    Mar 06, 2014 2:39 AM GMT
    He might be confused about what kind of shark is in the musical.
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    Mar 06, 2014 2:45 AM GMT
    MikeW saidNow, now, there was nothing the least bit unrealistic about West Side punks breaking out into animated song and dance!



    This was one of my Mom's favorite movies. I watched it with my parents and had to tell my mom "You like this, but have a problem with ME being gay?"
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    Mar 06, 2014 2:46 AM GMT
    Timbales saidHe might be confused about what kind of shark is in the musical.

    Hey, we should get our own Mr. Shark to audition! icon_eek.gif
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    Mar 06, 2014 2:49 AM GMT
    Anomalous1 said
    MikeW saidNow, now, there was nothing the least bit unrealistic about West Side punks breaking out into animated song and dance!

    This was one of my Mom's favorite movies. I watched it with my parents and had to tell my mom "You like this, but have a problem with ME being gay?"

    LOL, I know, right? I *loved* this movie.

    I fell out of the maple tree in our back yard having climbed to the top of it singing "Somewhere!"
  • TannerMasseur

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    Mar 06, 2014 2:56 AM GMT
    I think if Spielberg did a modern-day version of Westside Story they'd be rapping.
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    Mar 06, 2014 5:46 AM GMT
    Timbales saidI hope this time it's more realistic. Only one woman comes to the window then someone runs through 1950's Spanish Harlem yelling "Maria!"? I don't think so.

    Spanish Harlem? That's East Side Story.

    The story's set in "San Juan Hill," the current site of Lincoln Center in Manhattan's Upper West Side in the West 60s.
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    Mar 06, 2014 5:57 AM GMT
    It translates better on stage.
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    Mar 06, 2014 9:34 AM GMT
    This adaptation is going to be set in Italy?
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    Mar 06, 2014 12:14 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidOh please, I hope they DON'T remake it. Can't Hollywood come up with an original idea these days that isn't a remake or derivative of what's already been done????

    Agree.
    Why do they insist on fucking up classics? Did anyone see the lame Jessica Lange remake of the movie "Gloria"? No one can top what Gena Rowlands did in the original, which is probably her finest performance. (And it's a terrific movie, so if you haven't seen it, find it.)
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    Mar 06, 2014 12:16 PM GMT
    MikeW said
    Timbales saidHe might be confused about what kind of shark is in the musical.

    Hey, we should get our own Mr. Shark to audition! icon_eek.gif

    Great idea!
    Here's my audition song:
    "When you're a Shark
    You're a shark all the way
    From your first bit of snark
    To your last dying day...."
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    Mar 06, 2014 2:53 PM GMT
    Would they try to modernize the brilliant Bernstein/Sondheim music? If not, then you've got a problem with the period slang, and ethnic slurs. And how would Bernstein's stylized 1950s "hip" music go over today?

    Without changing the music & lyrics they'd have to set it back in that era, which may or may not work. Grease was successful years later because it was fun & nostalgic rock, and a parody of the '50s many people still remembered. This material is a lot heavier, and a lot of time has passed since then.

    But if it's gonna be a complete copy of the 10 Oscar winner, including Best Picture (there's another challenge right there), why bother? Anyone can just buy a BluRay or DVD of the 1961 original.
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    Mar 06, 2014 4:37 PM GMT
    Best character - "Anybodys!"
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