Will Barbra Streisand Gypsy Film Move Forward with "Last Five Years" Writer?
01 Aug 2014
"The Mirror Has Two Faces" and "Last Five Years" screenwriter Richard LaGravenese has been tapped by Universal Pictures to adapt Gypsy as a screen project for Barbra Streisand, NikkiFinke.com reports.
Streisand, who will star as Mama Rose, has been developing a film remake of Gypsy along with Joel Silver ("Sherlock Holmes," "The Matrix"). In 2012 Academy Award-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes ("Downton Abbey") was reported to be working on the script.
LaGravenese collaborated with the "Funny Girl" star before, having penned the screenplay for the 1996 comedy "The Mirror Has Two Faces," which Streisand directed and starred in. He also recently adapted the Jason Robert Brown musical The Last Five years for the screen.
It is also reported that Streisand may also consider repeating her directorial duties with "Gypsy."
During her recent concert tour, Streisand performed several songs from Gypsy to acclaim, including "Rose's Turn." Gypsy has music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Arthur Laurents penned the book.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.