West Side Story is an upcoming American romantic musical drama film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner and choreography by Justin Peck. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim, which is based loosely on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The film’s screenplay is expected to hew more closely to the Broadway script than to the 1961 film adaptation directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. It stars Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler, with Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Josh Andrés Rivera, Ana Isabelle, Corey Stoll, and Brian d’Arcy James, as well as Rita Moreno, a star of the 1961 film, appearing in a supporting role.
The film started development in 2014 by 20th Century Fox, and Kushner was writing the screenplay by 2017. In January 2018 Spielberg was hired, and casting began by September 2018. Filming began in July 2019 and wrapped up two months later. Shooting occurred in New York and New Jersey.
West Side Story is scheduled to be released by 20th Century Studios in the United States on December 10, 2021, after being delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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