Steven Spielberg Considering Move From ‘West Side Story’ To Leonard Bernstein Biopic | Film News
While Steven Spielberg‘s next film will be Indiana Jones 5 – due in cinemas July 10, 2020 – as always he’s got fingers in multiples pies, and it was previously reported that he was involved in the upcoming remake of West Side Story. Production had stalled slightly because he wasn’t able to find the right cast, but now it looks possible that the director might be moving on from the project all together.
Spielberg recently held a table read for an untitled biopic about famous composer Leonard Bernstein, who wrote the music for West Side Story. Bernstein was also a closeted homosexual who had a complicated marriage with Chilean-born American actress Felicia Cohn Montealegre, and would make a fascinating subject for a biopic.
However, the Bernstein biopic isn’t set in stone. This is just Spielberg’s process. For example, he was set to follow up Ready Player One with The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, but that fell away when he couldn’t find a suitable lead. He just moved on and directed The Post instead. The case may be the same here, where the Bernstein biopic might simply come together quicker than West Side Story.
Both films are intriguing projects, but reportedly it’s noted that whatever film Spielberg chooses to direct after the next Indiana Jones movie, he won’t shoot another movie until 2019, using the rest of 2018 for prep. Basically, as with any popular director, Spielberg has plenty of options on the table, and no one really knows anything about what he’ll be tackling next.
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