Is Spielberg’s Next A WEST SIDE STORY Remake?

A casting call has gone out, with The Beard and one of his favorite screenwriter's names on it.

About a week ago, it was reported that Indiana Jones And the Shrine of Bad Ideas (a/k/a Indiana Jones 5) was going to be Spielberg's next movie, supposedly arriving in 2020. But it looks like Dr. Jones' bullwhip may be momentarily hung up in favor of The Beard tackling his first musical: a remake of Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins' 1961 classic, West Side Story

This possible shift in plans - "possible" due to the fact that there's no official announcement in the trades as of yet - comes from a casting call that's floating around Twitter. 

Multiple theater sites have confirmed the ad as well - including Playbill and Broadway World - which was issued by casting director Cindy Tolan (who has filled roles for 62 pictures, including Straight Outta Compton and Barry Jenkins' upcoming James Baldwin adaptation If Beale Street Could Talk). As you can see above, Tony Kushner (who penned both Munich and Lincoln for Spielberg) is listed as having authored the adaptation. 

Circling back to that Indiana Jones news, it was reported by Deadline at that time that West Side Story was "a dream project" for Spielberg (and even confirms Kushner's work on the screenplay), adding some credence to this turn of events:

"Spielberg has long been interested in a new version of the 1961 classic movie. Frequent Spielberg collaborator Tony Kushner has been working on the script."

So, is West Side Story Spielberg's next movie? We can't say until there's a 100% confirmation from the legendary director*. But after The Post (which is one of the most vital and moving movies the man's made in twenty years), it'd be a helluva thing to see him channel that energy into a big, showy, old school song and dance spectacle. 

Stay tuned. 

*Though Mark Harris - whose great documentary Five Came Back was produced by Spielberg (and is married to Kushner) - also shared the call on Twitter with the message:"something's coming. Something good." 

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