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West Side Story Remake Film Poster

9 December 2021

The remake to "West Side Story" is soon to be released in cinemas after a delay of a year. Directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Tony Kushner, it is the second feature-length adaptation of the 1957 stage musical of the same name. It stars Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler with Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, and Rita Moreno in supporting roles. Moreno, who starred in the 1961 film adaptation, also served as an executive producer, alongside Kushner.

West Side Story Remake Film Poster

The film started development in 2014 by 20th Century Fox and Kushner began penning the screenplay in 2017. In January 2018, Spielberg was hired and casting began that September. Justin Peck choreographed the dance sequences. Filming began in July 2019 and wrapped up two months later. Filming took place in Harlem and other Manhattan locations and in Flatlands, Brooklyn in New York City. There were ten days of shooting in Paterson, New Jersey, where an outdoor set was built. Filming also took place in Newark and other parts of Essex County, New Jersey. All of the sets were constructed at a warehouse at Steiner Studios.


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