Last week brought with it a lot of news about musical remakes. On the side of pre-production, we got word that Steven Spielberg is mulling a remake of WEST SIDE STORY (make your own jokes about how he won’t show The Sharks for the first 45 minutes).
That same evening on the post-production front, we finally got a glimpse at this film, the completed remake of the beloved 1982 film.
Both pieces of information were greeted with the usual rounds of “Why are they remaking it” scepticism. Which in this case leaves me especially perplexed. If ever there was a medium that lent itself to being re-imagined, it’s The American Musical. Shows arrive on Broadway and often become indelibly linked with certain performers, certain composers, and certain choreographers. They can sometimes run for years, but all inevitably close. Once they do, a generation or so will go by, and some industrious producer dusts it off to revive it with a new cast, new staging, and often new life.
And yet, if we suggest that Hollywood follow suit and create a revival of their own, audiences balk. Why?
Looking at this clip, I find myself a little bit leery of Cameron Diaz, but given everybody else involved, I’m willing to give it a go. Whaddaya we think gang? Anyone else think the sun’ll come out tomorrow?