After dominating the Emmys with “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” director Amy Sherman-Palladino is potentially hitting the big screen. She’s currently in negotiations to direct “Gypsy” which has been in the works for a while. But now, it looks like it’s finally coming together. It also has New Regency financing the project and already may have acting talent involved.
According to Deadline, Melissa McCarthy may be circling the role of Mama Rose. However, no casting decisions are confirmed. Also, they won’t be until Sherman-Palladino closes her deal. But because McCarthy and Sherman-Palladino have worked on “Gilmore Girls,” it’d make sense that McCarthy would be in the running. Plus, McCarthy is coming off her second Oscar nomination. After “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” this would be another opportunity to show her range.
“Gypsy” tells the story of Mama Rose, a mother who pushed her daughters into becoming vaudeville stars. While she faced economic hardships, she never gave up her pursuit of the American Dream. Eventually, one of her daughters would become the famous burlesque dancer named Gypsy Rose Lee. It is based on the classic musical by Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents, and Julie Styne.
Originally, Barbra Streisand was cast as Mama Rose. Also, Barry Levinson was directing with Richard LaGravenese writing the script. However, the project got scrapped in 2016 when its original distributor STX Entertainment backed out.
But thankfully, “Gypsy” is finally making its way to the big screen. Much like how Mama Rose wants her dream realized, fans of the musical will potentially see theirs come to life. Once Sherman-Palladino’s directorial involvement becomes official, the film should come sooner rather than later.