WEST SIDE STORY Remake is Still on Steven Spielberg’s Mind

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Steven Spielberg is busy promoting The Hundred-Foot Journey, gearing up to shoot his Untitled Cold War Thriller with Tom Hanks and prepping for his adaptation of The BFG, but the guy’s still got West Side Story on the brain.  We first told you about Spielberg’s hope to make his own version of the 1961 classic back in March.  There was no writer attached and Spielberg merely expressed interest in the idea and nothing more, but when someone like Steven Spielberg says he wants to make a movie, especially when it’s a remake of an Academy Award winning musical, you’re not going to forget it.

Sure enough, while out talking about The Hundred-Foot Journey alongside Oprah Winfrey, Spielberg was asked if his interest in a West Side Story remake is still there.  Hit the jump to find out what he said.

While doing a segment on Good Morning America (via The Playlist), the anchor cited a GMA appearance Spielberg did ten years ago during which he expressed interest in directing a musical and also that report from March before asking if he still wants to make his own West Side Story now.  Here’s what he said:

“Well, you know something, West Side Story is one of my favorite Broadway musicals and one of the greatest pieces of musical literature, my goodness, and one of the greatest scores and some of the greatest lyrics ever written for a musical, so let me just put it this way, it’s on my mind.”

That last little bit would definitely suggest Spielberg is taking the idea seriously and might even make you think he’s really got something brewing, but this is a guy who’s been attached to many, many projects over the years, and a lot of them never come to fruition.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  It’s just the nature of the business, especially when you’ve probably got tons of material to choose from like him, but until some official news surfaces confirming that the project is moving forward, better off not assuming a new West Side Story movie is anywhere close to happening just yet.




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  • Manuel Orozco

    That has got to be one of the craziest ideas Speilberg has ever had

    • LEM

      So original too.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I mean in a bad way

      • LEM

        I know.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Thank you

      • LEM

        You’re welcome.

  • MJ

    He’s getting senile, obviously.

  • randommale7

    Considering the original one isn’t that great (still good but not great) and that Spielberg has always wanted to direct a music (hence the beginning of Temple of Doom) this is very possible…

  • johnjohn

    you guys are out of your mind. you should be embracing this. it might not be fantastic, but at least it’s going to be tackled with a director that actually has class. you might not remember the meaning of that word. but you’d be wise to learn it. Perhaps McG should remake it to satisfy your inability to sit still for a moment?

    john john

    • alk

      Oh…so the purpose of a REMAKE should be SOLEY contingent now on the “class” or pedigree of the director?
      Why because Spielberg has really proven himself to be adept in the musical genre right? Or is it just the name recognition? Yeah, I’d go with the latter..
      So then, say, Spielberg were to drop this tomorrow in the hands of another director/producing team, like hm, Tim Burton, or hm, Ridley Scott? Or hell, why the fuck not, James Cameron?! He’s bankable!
      Well, based on their “illustrious” careers, that should give them ALL the merit to make ANY remake, right? Your logic is absolutely flawed.
      How’s this for better logic, johnjohn? How about don’t make a REMAKE at all, unless A) there is an actual huge demand for it from today’s audiences(which there is not), B) the producers involved actually have a damn good fucking reason to make it again, and not just because they LIKE the show/songs like Spielberg. What exactly gives him the reason to do this?
      And to add insult to injury, you’re just putting more fuel to the fire when you bring up stupid logic like “well, at least it’s not being directed X, or Y.”

    • alk

      Oh…so the purpose of a REMAKE should be SOLEY contingent now on the “class” or pedigree of the director?
      Why because Spielberg has really proven himself to be adept in the musical genre right? Or is it just the name recognition? Yeah, I’d go with the latter..
      So then, say, Spielberg were to drop this tomorrow in the hands of another director/producing team, like hm, Tim Burton, or hm, Ridley Scott? Or hell, why the fuck not, James Cameron?! He’s bankable!
      Well, based on their “illustrious” careers, that should give them ALL the merit to make ANY remake, right? Your logic is absolutely flawed.
      How’s this for better logic, johnjohn? How about don’t make a REMAKE at all, unless A) there is an actual huge demand for it from today’s audiences(which there is not), B) the producers involved actually have a damn good fucking reason to make it again, and not just because they LIKE the show/songs like Spielberg. What exactly gives him the reason to do this?
      And to add insult to injury, you’re just putting more fuel to the fire when you bring up stupid logic like “well, at least it’s not being directed X, or Y.”

  • Suave

    Why???

  • http://www.youtube.com/somejackball somejackball

    umm, please don’t.. but if you do, please cast James Franco and Johnny Knoxville, thanks

    • NorCalJ

      Honestly….that doesn’t sound half bad!

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