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, but he bowed out in August, with Clint Eastwood taking his place later that month.
While it isn't set in stone that Stacey Snider will head to 20th Century Fox after her DreamWorks contract expires at the end of this year, if she does make the move, it would be easy to see Steven Spielberg directing movies at Fox.
West Side Story is based on the 1957 Broadway play by Arthur Laurents, with music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. The story centers on Maria (Natalie Wood) and Tony (Richard Beymer), who fall in love, even though they are both affiliated with rival gangs.