FIRST LOOK AT WEST SIDE STORY: Fans are getting a look at Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, a remake of Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins’ classic musical. Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler star as Tony and Maria. Tony Kushner wrote the script and Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her portrayal in the original film version, is exec producing and playing a gender-flipped version of the character Doc. The film lands December 18, 2020.
HUNGER GAMES PREQUEL FILM IN THE WORKS? Scholastic announced Monday that it will release Suzanne Collins’ prequel novel for Hunger Games on May 19, 2020. The untitled work will be set in the world of Panem 64 years before the O.G. Hunger Games trilogy kicked off. And yes. A film is probably in the works. “As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published. We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie,” said Joe Drake, Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group about the potential plans for a movie. Jennifer Lawrence of course, played the story’s protagonist Katniss Everdeen onscreen.
WILL EMMYs BE HOST-FREE? The Emmys may go on sans host this year, Variety reports. With just three months before the telecast, and no one named yet, insiders say that the awards show may go without a host for the first time since 2003, when the show aired on Fox, as it will this year. Nominations for the Emmys will be announced July 16th, which may be when the Academy and the show’s producers make the final call on the host public. This year, the Academy Awards went without a host, and actually enjoyed higher ratings and high critical marks.
DAVID TENNANT JOINS CRIMINAL: Netflix’s format-melding procedural Criminal, a 12-part series taking place in France, Spain, Germany and the U.K., written and directed by artists in each country in the local language, has nabbed its cast. David Tennant, Hayley Atwell and Nicholas Pinnock will star. The drama focuses on the mental conflict between detectives and suspects, and takes place in a police interview suite.