Fifty years after its first film adaptation, West Side Story will return to drill our screens thanks to Steven Spielberg.
In the neighborhoods down in New York, two youth gangs fighting over the monopoly of the territory, the Sharks Bernardo, and the Jets Riff, in violent brawls.
The emphasis on the social problems of a New York of the 50s, the sophistication of the music and the darkness of the theme have been a turning point in the musical theater in american. This adaptation of 1962, modernist and very free of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, has received 10 Oscars (11 nominations) and has allowed Robert Wise to win two statuettes, one for best film and best director (with Jerome Robbins).
Someting”s coming !
Rita Moreno, who received also an Oscar (best actress in a supporting role) for her portrayal of Anita and its catchy I like to be in america, will return in a new role. It was unthinkable not to include them according to Steven Spielberg as he has given to The Wrap :
“From our initial discussions, we wanted to include Rita Moreno in the production. His interpretation of Anita is one of the greatest musical performances ever filmed and one of my favorites “.
The actress of Anita, girlfriend wild Bernardo, will be Valentina, a newly-designed version of the character, Doc. In the original film the little shop of Doc serves as a theatre where the Jets and Sharks agree to compete.
West Side Story
Rita Moreno has announced his joy of rework on this work in a press release :
“Never in my wildest dreams, I never saw myself revisiting this work to be fundamental. And to be invited by Steven Spielberg to participate is simply exciting.”
The film is expected to start filming during the summer of 2019. Tony Kushner, writer of Angels of America, will again be a screenwriter for the adaptation, while Steven Spielberg, Kevin McCollum and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce the musical comedy. If a person has not yet been announced for Maria, we should find the star in Baby Driver, Ansel Elgort in the role of Tony.
A role for Ansel