A casting call has been sent out for the West Side Story remake that will reunite director Steven Spielberg with his Oscar-nominated Munich and Lincoln screenwriter Tony Kushner. The filmmaking icon has been openly expressing a desire to tackle the toe tapping clash between rival gangs The Jets and The Sharks for four years now, having even referred to West Side Story as being “one of my favorite Broadway musicals and one of the great pieces of musical literature.”
Spielberg hasn’t spoken much about the project since he made those comments in 2014, but that might be because he’s been busy releasing a new film every year. With the director’s Oscar-nominated historical drama The Post now playing in theaters and his Ready Player One adaptation set to hit the scene in less than two months, Spielberg has been looking ahead to the next pair of movies that he can direct and release in rapid succession. Although Indiana Jones 5 is still first in line for Spielberg’s attention at the moment, it recently came to light that filmmaker may tackle his musical dream project shortly after he brings Harrison Ford’s globe trotting archaeologist back for one final adventure.
This is a major HEAT CHECK by the 71-year old. We thought he was dead after that shitty Indiana Jones sequel starring Shia LeBeouf but nope, now he’s on a scoring streak that we’ve ever seen before with Lincoln, Bridge of Spies, The Post and Ready Player One coming out later this year.
Now Spielberg is pulling up from 40 feet with the most unnecessary remake in movie history. Who on planet Earth was asking for a West Side Story remake? Who is this for? This musical came out in 1961 and should remain in 1961. I don’t want to see pale white dudes and Puerto Ricans knife dancing in the streets of New York ever again.
Someone get Steven Spielberg and Snickers and get him the fuck out of here with this remake.
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