“West Side Story” Wraps Production

Steven Spielberg. Photo by Stewart Cook/REX/Shutterstock (9478325aq)

It’s a wrap on Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story.

The prolific director took to social media, sharing a few thoughts upon to end of production on September 28. His message was shared via the official Twitter account of production company Amblin.   

“This has been a journey without precedence: a joyful, stunning, moving, endlessly surprising encounter with the story and score of one of the world’s greatest musicals,” Spielberg wrote. “My brilliantly talented, fiercely committed, generous and apparently inexhaustible cast and crew of hundreds have given our film everything they’ve got, and already I can say that the film we’ll be releasing on December 18, 2020, owes everything to them as does its immensely grateful director.”

Set in 1950s New York City, Spielberg added: “The city lent us its beauty and its energy, and we drew deeply upon its grand, multicultural, multifaceted spirit. To the people of New York and Paterson, thanks not only for putting up with our trailers, tents, cranes, and mid-street dance sequences; from the bottom of my heart, thanks for the warm welcomes we encountered everywhere, from pedestrians and policemen and neighborhoods and kids. We couldn’t have made our musical without you.”

West Side Story stars Ansel Elgort (Tony), Rachel Zegler (Maria), Ariana DeBose (Anita), and David Alvarez (Bernardo).