Back in /steven-spielberg-wants-to-direct-a-west-side-story-remake/March, it was widely reported that 20th Century Fox was moving forward on a remake of the classic 1961 musical West Side Story, with Steven Spielberg interested in directing. It sounded like it might be the next project for the iconic filmmaker, but he instead decided on two other back-to-back projects that were gestating, an adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's novel The BFG (The Big Friendly Giant), and the very different Untitled Cold War Thriller starring Tom Hanks and Amy Ryan. If you were disappointed by this news, don't worry, it sounds like Steven Spielberg may still direct West Side Story sometime in the near future.
Appearing along with Oprah Winfrey on Good Morning America to promote their joint production The Hundred-Foot Journey, in theaters this weekend, Steven Spielberg was asked if he was still considering his remake of Robert Wise's classic West Side Story. The director expressed interest in returning to the musical, creating an updated classic for a new audience.
"Well you know something, West Side Story is one of my favorite Broadway musicals and one of the greatest pieces of musical literature, my goodness, one of the greatest scores and some of the greatest lyrics ever written for a musical so just let me put it this way: it's on my mind."
You can watch the entire interview here: