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Steven Spielberg wants to direct a remake of West Side Story

03.05.2014

Now here is something interesting. Steven Spielberg, who currently is not directing a movie, has asked 20th Century Fox to allow him the rights to remake WEST SIDE STORY. In most situations, this news would spark outrage from movie fans who would rank WEST SIDE STORY alongside classic movies that should never be remade. But, when Spielberg is the director, you nod your head in agreement.

There has been no actual agreement made regarding this remake outside of Spielberg gaining clearance from the studio to pursue the project, so this could end up fizzling like many of the iconic director's recent projects. Spielberg left AMERICAN SNIPER with Bradley Cooper and put ROBOPOCALYPSE on indefinite hold. I get that he is up there in age, but when filmmakers like Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, and Martin Scorsese can churn them out at their age, why not Spielberg?

Sure, Spielberg's are a lot more effects heavy and complex to make from a production standpoint, so maybe a musical that doesn't need CGI may be the right small project for him to get back into the mix. Whether it be WEST SIDE STORY or not, I hope we get to see Spielberg explore yet another genre someday.

Source: Deadline

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11:15PM on 03/06/2014
I know high school kids who are familiar with this film. This is how iconic West Side Story is.

There is no reason to remake this film, unless something clever (really clever) can be done with it. Moreover, I've always thought that Spielberg was overrated, as well as hit-or-miss.

I personally think he should just move on to another project.
I know high school kids who are familiar with this film. This is how iconic West Side Story is.

There is no reason to remake this film, unless something clever (really clever) can be done with it. Moreover, I've always thought that Spielberg was overrated, as well as hit-or-miss.

I personally think he should just move on to another project.
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10:08AM on 03/06/2014
I expect this to go the way of his Harvey remake, an idea for a movie that never fully crystalizes into an actual project. Just because it is this beloved classic.

Having said that, West Side Story is perhaps my favorite musical, and I think that a gangland Romeo & Juliette has a rather timeless quality to it, so I wouldn't completely rule it out as being untouchable. Spielberg isn't the first director I'd think of to breathe new life into the story, but if he had the right vision going in,
I expect this to go the way of his Harvey remake, an idea for a movie that never fully crystalizes into an actual project. Just because it is this beloved classic.

Having said that, West Side Story is perhaps my favorite musical, and I think that a gangland Romeo & Juliette has a rather timeless quality to it, so I wouldn't completely rule it out as being untouchable. Spielberg isn't the first director I'd think of to breathe new life into the story, but if he had the right vision going in, it could still work.
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9:21AM on 03/06/2014
I don't understand this. American Sniper would be so great for him to do. Something we haven't seen before (for the most part). Or even Robopocalypse. I wish he would continue coming up with original films, like the other directors mentioned in the article. I can't even remember the last time I was excited for a Spielberg film, and that saddens me.
I don't understand this. American Sniper would be so great for him to do. Something we haven't seen before (for the most part). Or even Robopocalypse. I wish he would continue coming up with original films, like the other directors mentioned in the article. I can't even remember the last time I was excited for a Spielberg film, and that saddens me.
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8:43AM on 03/06/2014

Honestly...

I hate that we live in this Hollywood age of reboots, redos, remakes, and sequels but...

For some reason... I trust this in Steve's hands. Make it less musical and more dramatic, a period piece, historically accurate, Puerto Ricans VS The Jets and I'm all for it.
I hate that we live in this Hollywood age of reboots, redos, remakes, and sequels but...

For some reason... I trust this in Steve's hands. Make it less musical and more dramatic, a period piece, historically accurate, Puerto Ricans VS The Jets and I'm all for it.
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6:48AM on 03/06/2014
I would like to point Mr. Spielberg in the direction of this Cracked Photoplasty entry: [link]
I would like to point Mr. Spielberg in the direction of this Cracked Photoplasty entry: [link]
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2:35AM on 03/06/2014
Come on Spielberg,enough with the oscar bait films! Please give us a Sci-fi action film
Come on Spielberg,enough with the oscar bait films! Please give us a Sci-fi action film
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10:40PM on 03/05/2014

Full Spielberg support with any project

Come on people! This is nothing new? There are hundreds of "West Side Story" copycats out there. Hell, "West Side Story" copied "Romeo & Juliet". Does that make you haters of this news dislike West Side Story for being a singing and dancing adaptation of William Shakespeare? Did you also shake your fist at the news of "West Side Story" being made? Spielberg wants to remake, or even a film based on the same premise, I'm there!
This news is a hundred times better than hearing Michael Bay is
Come on people! This is nothing new? There are hundreds of "West Side Story" copycats out there. Hell, "West Side Story" copied "Romeo & Juliet". Does that make you haters of this news dislike West Side Story for being a singing and dancing adaptation of William Shakespeare? Did you also shake your fist at the news of "West Side Story" being made? Spielberg wants to remake, or even a film based on the same premise, I'm there!
This news is a hundred times better than hearing Michael Bay is producing a remake of Hitchcock's "The Bird's"!
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9:33PM on 03/05/2014

Shaking my head in anger and disagreement

I haven't liked almost everything he's done since the mid-1990s. In many ways he has become a shadow of his former self; kind of an homage to what he was once known for. It's how I feel about Ron Howard films (minus RUSH, which was awesome) - they are a bad imitation of Spielberg's style.
No need to redo WSS, almost "especially" if it's Spielberg.
I haven't liked almost everything he's done since the mid-1990s. In many ways he has become a shadow of his former self; kind of an homage to what he was once known for. It's how I feel about Ron Howard films (minus RUSH, which was awesome) - they are a bad imitation of Spielberg's style.
No need to redo WSS, almost "especially" if it's Spielberg.
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8:21PM on 03/05/2014
I want George Lucas to direct this, then we can have Jets vs. Sharks dancefighting with lightsabers.
I want George Lucas to direct this, then we can have Jets vs. Sharks dancefighting with lightsabers.
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9:15AM on 03/06/2014
Lightsabers would be the only way I'd ever see this remake.
Lightsabers would be the only way I'd ever see this remake.
5:08PM on 03/05/2014
why? ...
why? ...
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4:06PM on 03/05/2014
Even if it's Spielberg passion to remake the movie, there is NO NEED to remake West Side Story.
Even if it's Spielberg passion to remake the movie, there is NO NEED to remake West Side Story.
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3:51PM on 03/05/2014
He bailed on directing Robocolypse and American Sniper to direct this.
He bailed on directing Robocolypse and American Sniper to direct this.
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3:48PM on 03/05/2014
My favorite "if you could only take one thing to a deserted island (not drugs or alcohol)" is West Side Story. It's of its time and era. It can't be re-made, particularly not today, unless you just want to take the Romeo and Juliet story and transplant it for the umpteenth time.
My favorite "if you could only take one thing to a deserted island (not drugs or alcohol)" is West Side Story. It's of its time and era. It can't be re-made, particularly not today, unless you just want to take the Romeo and Juliet story and transplant it for the umpteenth time.
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3:41PM on 03/05/2014

Sure

The guy has earned the right to make just about whatever he wants.
The guy has earned the right to make just about whatever he wants.
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3:33PM on 03/05/2014
If this was pre-2000 Spielberg, then yes we could nod our head in agreement. Now? Absolutely not. Plus, there is NO need to remake this. None whatsoever. Stop it Hollywood. Just stop it.
If this was pre-2000 Spielberg, then yes we could nod our head in agreement. Now? Absolutely not. Plus, there is NO need to remake this. None whatsoever. Stop it Hollywood. Just stop it.
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9:34PM on 03/05/2014
Thanks for this comment. Yeah, "pre-2000 Spielberg" is a proper insight.
Thanks for this comment. Yeah, "pre-2000 Spielberg" is a proper insight.
3:33PM on 03/05/2014
Not until they remake Casablanca, Citizen Kane, and the Godfather first. They are all so old and boring and black and white lol. We need a more modern take on these so called classics.
Not until they remake Casablanca, Citizen Kane, and the Godfather first. They are all so old and boring and black and white lol. We need a more modern take on these so called classics.
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3:12PM on 03/05/2014

Why??

Why waste time remaking any movie by that matter.
Why waste time remaking any movie by that matter.
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