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According to Deadline, Fox is gearing up to develop a remake of the classic musical West Side Story, specifically because Steven Spielberg has expressed an interest in the project, although it's said to be in the very early stages, with a writer yet to become attached.
The original movie adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical was released in 1961 and won ten Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins), giving it the distinction of being the most-recognised musical by the Academy.
Spielberg is currently without a directorial project on his upcoming slate, with the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel adaptation Robopocalypse on indefinite hiatus. Would you like to see him tackling West Side Story as his next film? Let us know your thoughts...
- Gary Collinson
Steven Spielberg is reportedly interested in directing a remake of the 1961 musical classic West Side Story for 20th Century Fox, as his fellow DreamWorks executive Stacey Snider is pondering a move to the rival studio.
A screenwriter hasn't been set yet, but 20th Century Fox has revived the project specifically because Steven Spielberg is interested in making it. Of course, nothing is official yet, but the director's interest is normally more than enough to get a project into the early stages of development. The filmmaker has only made one remake in his storied career, the 2005 sci-fi thriller War of the Worlds.
The director was previously set to direct the 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks co-production Robopocalypse, but that project was put on hold back in January 2013 due to an escalating budget. The filmmaker, who hasn't directed a film since 2012's Lincoln, was also set to make American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper, »
Steven Spielberg has directed them all - action flicks, serious dramas, sci-fi epics, and comedies. But there's one genre he has yet to tackle: the movie musical.
Deadline reports that the iconic director is interested in a remake of the classic, Oscar-winning musical "West Side Story."
Now, before fans explode in outrage, let's be clear: The project is in its very earliest stages. All Spielberg has done is express interest, and 20th Century Fox has agreed to allow him the rights.
Then again, perhaps the 67-year-old Spielberg wants to conquer that last corner of cinema. And as Deadilne notes, his longtime producing partner Stacey Snider is rumored to be heading to Fox. This could be Spielberg's best chance to take on the challenge of directing a musical and remaking a beloved classic. »
- Kelly Woo
I'm a fan of the original 1961 movie West Side Story, and this may sound a little strange coming from me, but it's a film I've wanted to see remade. I am normally not a big fan of remakes, but for some reason, West Side Story is a movie that I'd love to see get an update. According to Deadline, that updated version of the film could come from Steven Spielberg!
Apparently the director is very interested in developing the film, and Fox is taking steps to make it happen. I would absolutely love to see Spielberg direct West Side Story. There's no information on how he might handle the material, but I do hope that they keep it as a period piece.
Nothing is set in stone at the moment, but the wheels are in motion to make it happen. Spielberg also still plans on eventually directing his big sci-fi film project Robopocalypse. »
- Joey Paur
There are people to whom the rules don't apply, and one of them, at least in the cinematic realm, is Steven Spielberg. Oh, he wants to remake one of the all time great classic films and musicals? As far as 20th Century Fox is concerned, he can go right ahead. Deadline reports that honchos at Fox have removed the Hands Off, Keep Away tape from Robert Wise's "West Side Story," because Spielberg "is interested in making it." That's it. For all we know, he could've said, "Yeah, huh, that might be neat" and here we are. It's certainly worth pondering especially since the usually prolific Spielberg is currently in project limbo, with "Robopocalypse" on hold, and other projects such as "Montezuma" and the continually promised "The Adventures Of Tintin" percolating potentially in the background. One thing in favor of "West Wide Story" is that Spielberg has never really done a musical, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After remake disasters like RoboCop and Total Recall, we're pretty jaded by the prospect of remaking iconic films from the past. However, what if a remake of a revered classic film was put into the hands of one of the most iconic filmmakers of all time? Deadline reports that just might happen as Fox is currently in the midst of putting together a remake of the classic musical West Side Story, but only because director Steven Spielberg is eyeing the project. At this point it's very early in development since there isn't even a writer involved yet, and Spielberg has only expressed his interest in potentially making this a future project of his. If you haven't seen West Side Story, here's a taste of the classic musical: Fox must really want to make something work with Spielberg after Robopocalypse was pushed back to polish the script and make sure the »
- Ethan Anderton
Analysis: Even though the Robert Wise original musical West Side Story is about as sacred a cow movie as you are going to find, Fox has unlocked that movie title for a remake specifically because Steven Spielberg is interested in making it. No writer has been set yet and Spielberg hasn’t done anything more than register his interest, which traditionally has always been enough to get a studio hot and bothered. Between this project and the Fox/DreamWorks team-up Robopocalypse, the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel that has a Drew Goddard script and which Spielberg has said he will direct even though he stepped away to make Lincoln, it would be easy to see Spielberg directing movies at Fox for the next several years if in fact Stacey Snider makes a move to that studio after her contract expires at year’s end. That’s just part of why »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Steven Spielberg is eyeing a potential directing project in the form of a big screen remake of Robert Wise's West Side Story , Deadline reports. The original film was released in 1961 and earned ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Before it arrived on the big screen, West Side Story was a hit on Broadway, opening in 1957 with a book by Arthur Laurents and music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. Itself a reinterpreation of William Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet," West Side Story follows two star-crossed lovers in the form of Tony and Maria (played on the screen by Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood). Spielberg last directed 2012's Lincoln with plans to move on to both Robopocalypse and American Sniper . The former project is now on »
Stacey Snider has made it abundantly clear that she wants to move on from DreamWorks, the company she has run with partner Steven Spielberg since 2006.
About 18 months ago, she engaged in conversations with Comcast Corp. about returning to Universal Pictures in a top job, but her complex contractual obligations to Spielberg, DreamWorks’ Indian backer Reliance Entertainment and distributor Walt Disney Studios prevented that from happening.
Now, with only nine months remaining on her contract, Snider has had “unofficial” discussions with 20th Century Fox chairman Jim Gianopulos about the possibility of becoming his top lieutenant. It is an open secret that Gianopulos has been thinking about hiring a strong creative number two ever since Fox ousted former co-chair Tom Rothman in fall 2012.
Gianopulos and Snider, who have a close relationship and whose companies collaborated on “Lincoln,” last had a sitdown meeting about her joining Fox last November, people familiar with the matter say. »
- Alexandra Cheney
On January 21 Scott Sigler's acclaimed Infected horror novel trilogy comes to an end with the release of Pandemic, and the author is sending it out in style with a live chat this week and a contest that includes a three-night stay in Vegas!
Sigler provided us with the details of the chat, hosted by Booktalk Nation:
Join me for a Booktalk Nation special online video chat on Thursday, January 16, at 7Pm Et (4Pm Pt) with Myke Cole, hosted by Borderlands Books in San Francisco, CA.
No matter where you are, you can sign up and join as I talk about my new book, Pandemic. There will be time for your questions at the end, and you can even order a personalized, signed book. It's like a live book signing except you don't have to leave home to join, and it supports independent bookstores. Signing up is required, but this event is free! »
- Debi Moore
Never one to pull the trigger without thinking it through, director Steven Spielberg keeps a lot of favorite projects in the trunk. You never know where he's going to land--"Lincoln" took years to come to fruition. While he produces a number of TV series ("Extant," "Falling Skies," Under the Dome"), Spileberg has been seeking a project to direct since back-burnering "Robopocalypse" and parting ways with Warner Bros. on Bradley Cooper vehicle "American Sniper," which now has Clint Eastwood at the helm. In the trunk are various biopics in development at DreamWorks, including Martin Luther King, "Lincoln" historian Doris Kearns' Goodwin's "The Bully Pulpit," about Theodore Roosevelt, and a George Gershwin biopic which once was set to star Zachary Quinto as the composer and pianist. Also in the wings is Spielberg possible directing vehicle "Montezuma," from a screenplay originally written by Dalton Trumbo in the 1950s. DreamWorks has just brought on. »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Montezuma follows the power struggle between Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and Aztec leader Montezuma (often spelt Moctezuma) during the Spanish conquest of Mexico. It was penned by Dalton Trumbo in 1965 as a vehicle for Kirk Douglas, but the project got shelved.
Trumbo authored the screenplay for Hollywood classic Spartacus (also featuring Douglas), so if that’s anything to go by we can expect an epic treatment for Montezuma. Trumbo courted controversy in the Us, blacklisted for his involvement with the Communist Party by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (Huac) and sent to prison for 11 months.
Oscar winning writer Steven Zaillian will be reworking the screenplay for a modern day audience (he last worked with Spielberg on 1993′s Schindler’S List). And to add just that bit more clout, »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
A screenplay about the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire that has been gathering dust for more than half a century could be resurrected by Steven Spielberg, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The Oscar-winning film-maker is eyeing Montezuma, based on a script by famously blacklisted Spartacus screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, for his next directing project. Another member of Hollywood royalty, Oscar-winner Javier Bardem, is tipped to play the Aztec emperor's nemesis, conquistador Hernán Cortés.
Trumbo, a hugely significant figure in Hollywood history, won two Oscars during his lifetime while working under assumed names due to his ostracisation by »
- Ben Child
The speculation about Steven Spielberg's next directorial job continues apace. With Robopocalypse still in the re-write garage and American Sniper out of his sights, the filmmaking titan has apparently set his gaze on a script that has been waiting to hit screens for so long it could be a grandfather. Spielberg, The Counsellor’s Javier Bardem and writer/producer Steven Zaillian are now circling Dalton Trumbo’s screenplay Montezuma.It’s a huge tale focused on the brutal historical confrontation between Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortez* and Aztec leader Montezuma in 1519 after the former led an incursion into Mexico. Pushing through the area looting the riches and bringing smallpox and disease in his wake, Cortez was eventually captured and held as a prisoner/guest by Montezuma. He managed to turn the tables, though, making the Aztec leader his puppet as his forces began devastating attacks on the Aztec population, leading »
‘Montezuma’: Steven Spielberg next movie (or at least a Spielberg movie some time in the future)? Will Steven Spielberg next tackle the life and times of Aztec king Montezuma, from a screenplay by none other than former Hollywood Ten member Dalton Trumbo? If so, that won’t be the first time that Spielberg has adapted a Trumbo screenplay (more on that below). Anyhow, following Lincoln, which earned Spielberg his seventh Best Director Academy Award nomination, the Jaws, E.T., Schindler’s List, and Saving Private Ryan filmmaker has had his name attached to — and then detached from — a couple of projects. First, there was Drew Goddard’s adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s novel Robopocalypse, which isn’t a RoboCop spin-off but a sci-fier about a smart robot who reaches the (perfectly logical) conclusion that the only way to save the planet is to get rid of human beings. Robopocalypse, »
- Zac Gille
News Ryan Lambie 7 Jan 2014 - 06:39
When it was announced that the potentially expensive adaptation of the science fiction novel Robopocalypse had been shelved about a year ago, it appeared to leave Steven Spielberg without a film to direct. Spielberg was then attached to the film American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper, but that venture also failed to bear fruit (it's since been taken up by Clint Eastwood).
But according to The Hollywood Reporter, a potential feature for Spielberg could be Montezuma, a project which has been lingering in Hollywood for more than half a century - it was originally planned as a Kirk Douglas vehicle back in the 1960s, and a reunion of sorts between the star and writer Donald Trumbo (surely the best name of any screenwriter ever) who'd »
Originally, Steven Spielberg planned to jump from directing his Oscar-winning historical memoir Lincoln right into making Robopocalypse: a sci-fi thriller that pits humanity against the rising machines, starring Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway. It would’ve been released in summer 2014, and thus completed a trifecta of high-minded sci-fi projects this year, alongside Wally Pfister’s A.I. feature Transcendence and Christopher Nolan’s space exploration flick Interstellar.
That ended up not happening, and though Spielberg still (reportedly) intends to direct Robopocalypse, it’s on indefinite hold until further notice. In the meantime, the legendary filmmaker may instead press forward with Montezuma – a project that’s been in the making for around 50 years now (… literally).
Montezuma is a ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Now that he’s off American Sniper, Steven Spielberg has a spot to fill on his plate. He still has the long-gestating Robopocalypse, among other projects, that he could move to, but it appears that he might be headed in another direction. Apparently the director has his eye on a period epic titled Montezuma, and he wants Javier Bardem for the lead role. Said role will be that of Spanish explorer Hernando Coretz, who “battles the titular character as Spain infiltrates Mexico.”
Deadline is the one breaking the news and according to them, Steve Zaillian has been called in to do a re-write of the script, which is actually roughly fifty years old. In fact, the original 205 page version was written for Kirk Douglas. Seeing as Zaillian penned Schindler’s List for Spielberg, the fact that he’s on board with this one is pretty reassuring. I mean, you can »
- Matt Joseph
Steven Spielberg recently announced that he was tabling his big-budget adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson novel Robopocalypse, but could the famous filmmaker have his eye on another high-profile project? According to Deadline, the answer is yes – and the property might surprise you. The blog reports that Spielberg is seriously eyeing the rights to one of Hollywood’s most legendary unmade scripts – Dalton Trumbo’s Montezuma. The nearly 50-year-old screenplay is currently being reworked by screenwriter Steve Zaillian, and is an epic that tells the tale of Montezuma and Cortez’ relationship and the Spanish movement into Mexico. Deadline posits the project could be retitled Cortez, since the rewrite will presumably focus more on the explorer (a part...
- Mike Bracken
As of right now we still don't know what Steven Spielberg is going to do for his next directing project, but it looks like he's lining up another possibility. According to Deadline, he is looking to take on a film called Montezuma, which will tell "an epic tale of the kinship and ultimately the bloody collision between Montezuma and Cortez as the latter led the Spanish infiltration into Mexico."
The site goes on to say that Javier Bardem is up for the role of the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez. Apparently the film was inspired by a 50-year old script written by Dalton Trumbo, which is being rewritten by Steve Zaillian, who also worked with Spielberg on Schindler’s List.
Word is the project could be retitled Cortez, because the viewpoint will be from the character to be played by Bardem. The site also points out that the project is "considered »
- Joey Paur
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