Steven Spielberg considering ‘West Side Story’ remake
(Relaxnews) – Broadway musical “West Side Story” is under consideration as Steven Spielberg looks to update the stage play and 1961 film adaptation.
Having debuted in 1957 in New York, “West Side Story” became a movie under the guidance of producer Robert Wise and playwright Jerome Robbins.
Telling the tale of a tragic love story set against a backdrop of fierce gang rivalry between the Sharks and the Jets, “West Side Story” went on to win ten Oscars, including Best Picture.
In addition, Baz Luhrmann made Leonardo DiCaprio a teen hearthrob and worldwide movie star with his 1996 interpretation of “Romeo & Juliet” — Shakespeare’s original play formed the framework of Robbins’ “West Side Story” — so expectations would be high for Spielberg’s vision, should it come to fruition.
For “E.T.,” “Indiana Jones” and “Lincoln” director Spielberg, “West Side Story” would be his second remake, after 2005′s “War of the Worlds.”
Fox owns the rights to “West Side Story” and, though Deadline advises caution with Spielberg merely registering interest in the remake, other potential industry reshuffles — in particular that of DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider — imply that a Spielberg-Fox partnership could work well for the next few years at least.