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Spielberg 'keen on West Side Story'

Steven Spielberg has expressed an interest in remaking West Side Story, according to reports.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker is said to have registered his interest in making a reboot, although the project is still in very early days, with no writer attached as yet, reported Deadline.

20th Century Fox are now thought to be considering Spielberg's idea.

The updated version is tipped to be an adaptation of the Oscar-winning 1961 musical film, which starred Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as star-crossed lovers Maria Nunez and Tony Wyzek.

That film was adapted from the Broadway show, created by Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

West Side Story, based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo And Juliet, focuses on two rival New York gangs - the Puerto Rican Sharks and the Polish-American Jets - whose boundaries are tested when Jet Tony falls for Maria, the sister of Sharks leader Bernardo.

Spielberg, who last directed Oscar-winning historical drama Lincoln, has a number of films in the pipeline including a planned Tintin sequel and the delayed Robopocalypse.

The 67-year-old is also attached to the development of a Stanley Kubrick screenplay for a TV mini-series about Napoleon's life.

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