Steven Spielberg Considering Remake of the Classic 'West Side Story'

March 5, 2014
Source: Deadline

West Side Story

After remake disasters like RoboCop and Total Recall, we're pretty jaded by the prospect of remaking iconic films from the past. However, what if a remake of a revered classic film was put into the hands of one of the most iconic filmmakers of all time? Deadline reports that just might happen as Fox is currently in the midst of putting together a remake of the classic musical West Side Story, but only because director Steven Spielberg is eyeing the project. At this point it's very early in development since there isn't even a writer involved yet, and Spielberg has only expressed his interest in potentially making this a future project of his.

If you haven't seen West Side Story, here's a taste of the classic musical:

Fox must really want to make something work with Spielberg after Robopocalypse was pushed back to polish the script and make sure the film was ready to go in front of cameras. This news comes from a lengthier Deadline piece about the business side of Spielberg's work with DreamWorks, Amblin, Paramount and more, so there's not much more to say. Remaking a classic like this is difficult territory, but if there's any director who could make a coming of age musical romance interesting, it's Spielberg. That would be something remarkably different for director best known for sci-fi, action adventures and historical dramas.

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  • Ehsan Davodi
    Hollywood Run Out Of Ideas Please Don't Touch This Mr.Spielberg
    • mplo
      You're absolutely spot-on about Hollywood running out of creative ideas, Ehsan Davodi! A remake of West Side Story, regardless of who directed it/created it, would be a disaster. It would just cut the heart and soul right out of this beautiful, venerable old classic! Mr. Spielberg...PLEASE leave well enough alone and don't touch this film!!
  • Christopher Olson
    I'm going to pray that this is a flicker of fantasy in Mr. Spielberg's mind. There are classic films and then there are CLASSIC films of which WSS fits into the latter. From those, I do not see any reason whatsoever to make any remakes. Besides, I'm still waiting for that remake of "Harvey" he wanted to do.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    I never thought you'd run out of original ideas Mr. Spielberg.
    • mplo
      But, like a lot of other directors, he clearly has run out of creative ideas. The Hollywood of today's idea of creativeness is the recycling of venerable old classics.
  • MattPeloquin
    Please just make Robopocalypse, the sequel is being released soon and in Spielberg's hands it could definitely be the start of a great trilogy.
  • cobrazombie
    I wish they'd remake West Side Story! Said no one ever.
    • mplo
      Omfg...NO! Mr. Spielberg...Please think twice before crapping on this great golden oldie-but-keeper of a classic! Thanks.
  • Dougbowski
    "However, what if a remake of a revered classic film was put into the hands of one of the most iconic filmmakers of all time?" War of the Worlds. Look how that one turned out for him!!




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