Steven Spielberg might be waiting a little longer than he expected for his first ever musical, West Side Story, to be making its premiere, but while that holds out for its December 2021 release date it looks like he’s getting his next project lined up, and it’s got a very interesting premise.
While the director has been well known to insert parts of his life, particularly his childhood, into his films, Deadline reports that his newest picture will be loosely based on his actual childhood growing up in Arizona.
This is clearly a very personal project for the director, as for the first time since A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Spielberg will also be writing the screenplay. Sharing script duties with him will be Tony Kushner, who has collaborated with Spielberg on two of his most acclaimed films of recent years, Munich and Lincoln, along with the upcoming West Side Story.
Also of note, and an indication of Spielberg really getting the ball rolling on this one, is the fact that 4-time Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Michelle Williams is in talks to star in the film as the character inspired by Spielberg’s mother.
With filming set to begin this summer for an expected 2022 release date, Spielberg is on the hunt now for young actors to cast in the film, including one who will play his own surrogate.