Steven Spielberg on the Gang Musical’s Continued

Olivia Fowello

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Director Steven Spielberg and Rita Moreno as Valentina on the set of West Side Story. Pic: 20th Century StudiosCeleb Infoz

Sixty years after West Side Story was first adapted for the screen, legendary director Steven Spielberg has re-made the film for a modern audience.

When the musical was written in 1957, it was a version of Romeo and Juliet which reflected issues of the time around gang warfare, racial divisions and injustice.

Decades later Spielberg admits those themes seem no less pertinent.

“It’s not sad that love is still relevant, which it is, but love and hate, division, community, misunderstanding or refusal to listen – there are so many things that West Side Story knew about and reflected on in society in the 1950s that has even become more relevant and sadly more divided today,” the director told Sky News.

He says while he always wanted to remake the film, he never really had a plan as to how or when it would happen.

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