'West Side Story' trivia and fun facts
Another Remake This will be the second time Steven Spielberg has produced a remake of a film directed by Robert Wise. He previously produced 'The Haunting' (1999). The original film also featured 'West Side Story' cast member Russ Tamblyn.
Relation with 'Twin Peaks' The original film featured future 'Twin Peaks' cast members Richard Beymer and Russ Tamblyn. Spielberg once tried to direct an episode, but had to withdraw due to scheduling issues. His own film 'Jurassic Park' featured future 'Twin Peaks' cast member Laura Dern.
Everything Comes Full Circle The original 'West Side Story' was directed by Robert Wise, who later directed 'The Andromeda Strain', which was based on a Michael Crichton novel. Steven Spielberg actually met Crichton on the set of that film, and later adapted his novel 'Jurassic Park'.
Family-Related Spielberg's previous film 'The Post' featured David Cross, whose father-in-law is original cast member Russ Tamblyn.
Longtime Collaborators Director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner previously worked together on Munich (2005) and Lincoln (2012). They also worked together on the film 'The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara', now shelved.
Without John Williams Fourth Steven Spielberg film to not feature a score written by John Williams after 'The Color Purple' (1985), 'Bridge of Spies' (2015) and 'Ready Player One' (2018).
A Bilingual Musical The movie will include the Spanish dialogue and lyrics from the 2009 Broadway revival.
For the First Time This is the first time that Steven Spielberg will direct a film for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Spielberg previously produced 'Poltergeist' (1982) for MGM, but did not direct. Coincidentally, 'West Side Story' will also be a co-production with 20th Century Fox and Amblin Entertainment.
"María, María, María" Emma Stone, Kristen Bell, Jennifer Lawrence were rumored, but those rumors were debunked.
Naya Rivera as Anita? Naya Rivera has expressed interest and sent an audition tape in for the role of Anita. She had previously played this role (and sung the song "America") in 'Glee' on the episode 'The First Time', during the schools' rendition of 'West Side Story'.