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John Byrne

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Posted: 17 June 2019 at 11:36pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

...as a period piece.

So..... why?

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Neil Lindholm
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Posted: 17 June 2019 at 11:38pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I didn't even read the first message, just the title of the topc and the first thing that came to my mind was the same question. Why? What's next, a remake of Oklahoma? What a waste of his talents.

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Michael Penn
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Posted: 18 June 2019 at 7:25am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Not that I have any abiding interest in a remake of WEST SIDE STORY, but -- given the very different immigration issues in America today -- file this for me under missed opportunity.
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Bill Mimbu
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Posted: 18 June 2019 at 8:12am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Aw, and I was expecting another remake of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN...

...Except this time with kaijus.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 18 June 2019 at 8:13am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Crazy thing here is Iím imagining all kinds of intricate CGI recreations of Manhattan in the Fifties, which the original got by shooting on location.

sigh

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Peter Martin
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Posted: 18 June 2019 at 12:10pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Fidelity to the source material.

In the past, you have referenced William Goldman's Adventures in the Screen Trade and how it talks about how Hollywood approaches adaptations by beginning with a search for what they can change.

Is it wrong that Spielberg has decided to not change something?


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John Byrne

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Posted: 18 June 2019 at 12:27pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Oh, Iím sure there will be plenty of other changes. But since the original did a perfectly good job of presenting the story in that time period, what is the point of an ersatz version of the same?
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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 18 June 2019 at 12:44pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Reminds me of when I heard Peter Jackson's KONG would be
taking place in 1933. I thought "uh oh..." First
indication that he was driving off the tracks.
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 18 June 2019 at 2:33pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Spielberg certainly has stones for remaking a movie which won the Oscars for best picture, director, and eight other categories.  Never heard of that being tried by an A-list director before.  As for why, Spielberg has professed a desire to try his hand at as many different genres as possible and if you're going to undertake a musical, West Side Story is certainly a one of the greats with a fantastic, timeless score and story.  It's also 57 years old so perhaps marketing felt it could be dusted off for a new generation. 

It seems Spielberg is pretty passionate about it, having worked on getting the rights for years and long professing his love for the property.  It could be decent given the source material and talent.  Even though it's period I suspect we may get some sly, indirect shots at Trump's immigration policy.  But it is definitely an odd choice that risks both unfavorable comparison to the classic original and seeming dated (knives and fists as weapons rather than guns made more sense to  1962 audiences.)


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Adam Schulman
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Posted: 18 June 2019 at 3:55pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Echoes of Gus Van Sant (I think it was him) remaking PSYCHO.
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Matt Reed
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Posted: 18 June 2019 at 11:54pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

That's its own thing.  Van Sant chose to make a shot-for-shot remake of PSYCHO.   This isn't what Spielberg is doing with WEST SIDE STORY.  He's not remaking the 50s film shot-for-shot.  Apples and oranges.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 19 June 2019 at 7:12am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

The original WEST SIDE STORY, both on stage and in the movie, was a highly stylized and largely inaccurate rendering of a very particular slice of time and place. Its attitudes, and the way it portrays a microcosm of society, do not reflect the world we now live in--and if those elements are "updated" for a 21st Century audience, it ceases to be WEST SIDE STORY.
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