Steven Spielberg will finally direct his own musical, with a new scrip from playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner. The production he’s chosen? The classic tale of Shakespearian love with an American twist: “West Side Story.”
— cindy tolan (@cindytolan1) January 25, 2018
According to Broadway World (and the above tweet from Cindy Tolan of Cindy Tolan Casting), Spielberg has put out a casting call for three Latinx performers and a white performer for the roles of Maria, Anita, Bernardo and Tony. All the performers “must be able to sing,” with dance experience being “a plus.” The director, who recently released Oscar contender “The Post” and is prepping for the release of his sci-fi action adventure “Ready Player One,” has wanted to direct a musical for decades, according to EW. The closest he’s come is the opening “Anything Goes” jazz sequence in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.”
The upcoming remake will be a reboot of the original 1957 Broadway musical, with Kushner set to write a new script for the adaptation. Kushner is no stranger to penning a good screenplay, previously writing “Lincoln,” “Munich” and the film adaptations for August Wilson’s play “Fences” and his own Pulitzer-Prize winner “Angels in America.” The original music for “West Side Story” was written by Leonard Bernstein, with lyrics from Stephen Sondheim. The 1961 film adaptation of “West Side Story” won 10 Oscars, including the award for Best Picture.
No premiere date or further casting details have been released.