Steven Spielberg eyeing "West Side Story" remake

Steven Spielberg eyeing

PanARMENIAN.Net - "West Side Story" could get a remake. Steven Spielberg has expressed his interest to helm a new take on the classic star-crossed love story. No writer has been tapped, but Fox which owns the movie rights reportedly has made the story available for the director to tackle if he really wants it, AceShowbiz reveals citing Deadline.

Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, the first "West Side Story" film was released in 1961 to a big success. Adapted from a Broadway musical inspired by William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" tale, the urban retelling won 10 Oscars including Best Picture at the 1962 Academy Awards.

Spielberg hasn't directed any film since 2012's "Lincoln" which won two out of 12 Oscars nods. He previously bowed out of Bradley Cooper's "American Sniper" and put on hold his planned adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's sci-fi novel "Robopocalypse" due to alleged script issues.

Regardless, the filmmaker remains busy as he is involved as an executive producer for two upcoming tentpole movies, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" due June 27 this year and "Jurassic World" slated for June 12, 2015.

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