DOWNTON ABBEY Creator Set to Write GYPSY Remake for Producer Joel Silver; Barbra Streisand Will Star

     March 13, 2012

gypsy-julian-fellowes-slice

The feature film remake of the popular Broadway musical Gypsy is back on. Over a year ago we learned that Barbra Streisand was in talks to star in an update of the Tony Award-winning musical from Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents, and today it was announced that producer Joel Silver has set Julian Fellowes to write the screenplay for the remake, with Streisand officially onboard to play Momma Rose. The musical is based on the memoirs of burlesque dancer Gypse Rose Lee and centers on Lee’s relationship with her mother, the OG “stage mom” prototype now prevalent in pop culture. Hit the jump for more on Fellowes and Gypsy.

barbra-streisand-imageFellowes is currently enjoying acclaim for creating and writing the highly addictive British TV series Downton Abbey. The show has gained a fervent following in the U.S. (I’m guilty of succumbing to “Downton Fever”’), and is currently in the midst of filming season three. Fellowes won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay for the 2002 drama Gosford Park, and he recently scripted a Titanic miniseries for ITV. On the musical side of things, Fellowes adapted the script for Disney’s stage production of Mary Poppins. I’m not incredibly familiar with Gypsy, but I do find Fellowes’ work highly entertaining so hopefully Gypsy won’t just be for fans of the original musical. Silver knows how to make films that are appealing to mass audiences, so I’m sure they’ll be pulling out all the stops for Gypsy. The musical was previously adapted into a feature film in 1962 with Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood in the leading roles.

Around The Web

Latest News

3 New ANT-MAN Images Size up Paul Rudd, Michael Doulgas, and Evanelinge Lilly

Marvel’s next film is less than two months away.

9 Movies You Forgot Were Scored by Hans Zimmer

One of the best composers of our time has a resume that's both extensive and versatile, ranging from 'Cool Runnings' to 'Mission: Impossible 2'.

FANTASTIC FOUR International Trailer Brings New Footage; Josh Trank Denies Reshoot Rumors

The director takes to social media to debunk troubled word on the upcoming blockbuster.

More THE MARTIAN Images Feature Matt Damon Surviving Ridley Scott’s Red Planet

The upcoming film also stars Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, and Jeff Daniels.

DHEEPAN Review | Cannes 2015

Jacques Audiard's latest film won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Bad Weekend: The Last 10 Memorial Day Movies, Ranked

It turns out most Memorial Day movies aren’t very good.

AMY Review | Cannes 2015

Asif Kapadia's ('Senna') documentary is a biography of sorts, but also an incredible tribute to her as an artist.

Cannes 2015 Winners: Rooney Mara Best Actress, DHEEPAN the Palme d’Or, More

This year's Cannes jury includes Guillermo del Toro, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Sienna Miller, and is headed up by Joel and Ethan Coen. What were their favorites of the fest?

CHRONIC Review | Cannes 2015

Michel Franco’s 'Chronic' stars Tim Roth as a homecare nurse who gets too involved with his patients.

Box Office: TOMORROWLAND Stays Ahead of PITCH PERFECT 2 with $32.1 Million

Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ held in first place for the three-day weekend with an estimated $32.1 million. ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ came in second with $30.3 million. ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ was down 47% in third while the ‘Poltergeist’ reboot opened as expected, in fourth place.

Page 1 of 3,96312345...102030...Last »