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Steven Spielberg: Directing the remake of “West Side Story” 
Steven Spielberg: Directing the remake of “West Side Story”Steven Spielberg: Directing the remake of “West Side Story”
It’s the first time that Steven Spielberg will be directing a musical movie. His new project which is set to be on production in 2019 is a reboot of “West Side Story”, a film which came out in 1961.

Steven Spielberg: The remake of “West Side Story”

Tony Kushner, a screenwriter will work together with Steven Spielberg to bring back the melodic movie “West Side Story”. Known as the best musical film of all time, “West Side Story” has been nominated 11 times for the Oscar and has received 10 awards. Today, Steven Spielberg is working with the 20th Century Fox to produce a remake and is encouraging young actors to cast for the main characters Tony, Maria, Anita and Bernado.

A Latino musical movie

The “West Side Story” is influenced from the romantic tragedy “Romeo and Juliet”. It narrates the story of two conflicting family, one led by Riff, a New York City gangs and the other one the Puerto Rican Sharks controlled by Bernardo. Both family hate each other and have complicated relationship but things will get worst when Tony, the best friend of Riff meets with Maria, the sister of Bernardo. They both fall in love but their desire for each other will bring chaos until it reaches a dramatic ending.


 Steven Spielberg will direct the remake of “West Side Story” © LOIC VENANCE / AFP

The original version of the story

The original version of the “West Side Story” was directed by Rob Marshall. The main roles were attributed to Natalie Wood who played Maria while Richard Beymer took the character of Tony. On the other side, Russ Tamblyn was cast for the role of Riff and George Chakiris played Bernardo. In 1962, the movie won 10 Oscars at the Academy Awards. It will receive more awards at the Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards.


An old collaboration but a first for Steven Spielberg in this domain

“West Side Story” won’t be the first collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner. The two have been working on previous productions like “Munich” and “Lincoln”. However, this will mark the first musical film for Steven Spielberg during his career in cinema.

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