20th Century Fox has revealed that production has officially wrapped on Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake.
Spielberg penned a touching letter regarding the films production, which you can read below.
It’s 12:01 AM, September 28, 2019, at Steiner Studios in Brookyn Navy Yards in the great city of New York, and we’ve just concluded filming our version of West Side Story. This has been a journey without precedent: AA joyful stunningly moving, endlessly surprising encounter with the story and score of one of hte world’s greatest musicals. My brilliantly talented, fiercely committed, generous and apparently inexhaustible cast and crew of hundreds have given our film everything they’ve got, and already I can say that the film we’ll be releasing on December 2, 2020 owes everything to them as does its immensely grateful director.
And while i’m on the subject of gratitude: One every day of the past four years during which we’ve been preparing, casting, imagining West Side Story, I an my team, cast and crew have been walking in the footsteps of our giants: Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins and Stephen Sondheim. For the light they’ve shed on the world, for Stephen Sondheim’s insight, guidance and support, and for the openhearted support of the Bernstein, Laurents and Robbins estates, I owe more than I can possibly express.
We’ve filmed Weest Side Story all over New York, from Flatbush to Fort Tryon Park. The city lent us its beauty and its energy, and we drew deeply upon its grand, multicultural, multifaceted spirit. In addition, we spent three extraordinary weeks filming in Paterson, New Jersey. To the people of New York and Paterson, thanks not only for putting up with our trailers, tents, cranes, and mid-street dance sequences; from the bottom of my hearts, thanks for the warm welcomes we encountered everywhere, from pedestrians and policemen and neighborhoods and kids. We couldn’t have made our musical without you.
West Side Story stars Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver), Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose (Seaside), Ana Isabelle (Imprisoned), Corey Stoll (Ant-Man), Brian d’Arcy James (Spotlight), Curtiss Cook (Shutter Island) and Academy Award-winner Rita Moreno, who also serves as the film’s executive producer.
An adaptation of the 1957 musical, and directed by Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, Jaws), West Side Story explores forbidden love, and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.
West Side Story will sing and dance it’s way into theaters on December 18, 2020.