West Side Story

West Side Story

“West Side Story” is the upcoming 2020 American romantic musical drama film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner’s screenplay and Justin Peck (Justin Peck) ) Choreography. This film is adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name by Arthur Lawrenz, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim in 1957, and is adapted from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”.

West Side Story

Compared to the 1961 film adaptation directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, the script of the film is expected to be closer to the Broadway script. The film is starred by the protagonists Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler, alongside Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James, and the star Rita Moreno of the original 1961 movie.

West Side Story produced by Amblin Entertainment is scheduled to be released at 20th Century Studios in the United States on December 18, 2020.

In March 2014, Steven Spielberg (Steven Spielberg) expressed his interest in directing the remake of “West Side Story” for the first time. This prompted 20th Century Fox to obtain the rights to the project. Tony Kushner worked with Spielberg at the 2005 Munich Film Festival and the 2012 Lincoln Film Festival. He revealed in an interview in July 2017 that he was working on this The script for this movie was written, stating that he would retain the original soundtrack of the musical, and the story would be more similar to the original musical than the 1961 movie.

Spielberg told Vanity Fair in an interview in 2020: “The West Side Story is actually the first pop music that our family allowed to enter the family. I totally fell in love with it when I was a kid.”

In January 2018, Spielberg announced that he might direct the film after finishing the fifth phase of the Indiana Jones franchise. A few days later, there was a public casting for the roles of Maria, Tony, Anita and Bernardo. More public casting calls were held in New York City in April and Orlando, Florida in May. In July, Indiana Jones’ fifth film was postponed, allowing Pielberg to begin pre-production on “West Side Story.”

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West Side Story
West Side Story

Justin Peck was hired as a film choreographer in September 2018, and Ansel Elgort played the film Tony. In November, Eiza González became a contender for Anita. Rita Moreno (Rita Moreno) as Valentina (Valentina), is a copy of the character Doc.

In January 2019, newcomer Rachel Zegler starred as Maria’s protagonist, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez and Josh Andrés Rivera (Josh Andrés Rivera) also starred in Anita, Bernardo and Chino respectively. In March 2019, Corey Stoll (Corey Stoll) and Brian d’Arcy James (Brian d’Arcy James) joined the cast. A month later, another ensemble composed of the Jets and Sharks factions was announced.

Filming took place in Harlem and other Manhattan areas and Flatlands in Brooklyn, New York in July 2019. In August 2019, I filmed for ten days in Patterson, New Jersey, where an outdoor scene was established. Filming was also taken. In Newark, New Jersey and other areas of Essex County. It was packaged on September 27, 2019.

Directed by
Steven Spielberg

Writing Credits
Tony Kushner (screenplay by)
Arthur Laurents (based on the stage play, book by)

Produced by
Kristie Macosko Krieger
Kevin McCollum
Steven Spielberg

Ansel Elgort
Rachel Zegler
Ariana DeBose
David Alvarez
Mike Faist
Corey Stoll
Brian d’Arcy James
Rita Moreno

Music by
Leonard Bernstein
David Newman

Janusz Kamiński

Edited by
Michael Kahn
Sarah Broshar

Production Company
Amblin Entertainment
Amblin Partners
Reliance Entertainment

Distributed by
20th Century Studios

Release date
December 18, 2020 (United States)

United States


$100 million

Release Dates
France : 16 December 2020
Indonesia : 16 December 2020
Argentina : 17 December 2020
Australia : 17 December 2020
Germany : 17 December 2020
Denmark : 17 December 2020
Italy : 17 December 2020
Netherlands : 17 December 2020
Russia : 17 December 2020

Singapore : 17 December 2020
Slovakia : 17 December 2020
Bulgaria : 18 December 2020
Spain : 18 December 2020
UK : 18 December 2020
Lithuania : 18 December 2020
Poland : 18 December 2020
Sweden : 18 December 2020
Turkey : 18 December 2020
USA : 18 December 2020

Also Known As
(original title) : West Side Story
Australia : West Side Story
Bulgaria (Bulgarian title) : Уестсайдска история
Canada (English title) : West Side Story
France : West Side Story
Germany : West Side Story
Japan (Japanese title) : ウエスト・サイド・ストーリー
Lithuania : Vestsaido istorija
Mexico : West Side Story
Panama : Historia del lado oeste
Russia : Вестсайдская история
Spain : West Side Story
UK : West Side Story
USA : West Side Story
USA (fake working title) : San Juan Hill
USA (English title) : West Side Story

Filming Locations
New Jersey, USA
New York, USA
Paterson, New Jersey, USA
Newark, New Jersey, USA
The Art Factory, Paterson, New Jersey, USA
National Newark Building, 744 Broad St, Newark, New Jersey, USA

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