It’s on, it’s off, and now the much-reported-on film version of Gypsy starring Barbra Streisand is once again showing signs of life. Deadline.com reports that a deal is close to being finalized at Universal Pictures, with Joel Silver as producer and Streisand as Rose. “Multiple sources” tell reporter Mike Fleming that the pending movie deal will give book writer Arthur Laurents and lyricist Stephen Sondheim “strong say” over the screenwriter, director, choreographer and casting of the roles of Herbie and Louise.
In a previously reported interview with the Hartford Courant, Laurents said that he and Sondheim had put the kibosh on the planned Gypsy movie, declaring, “I want it to stay alive.” Deadline’s most recent update adds that neither Streisand nor The King's Speech director Tom Hooper (mentioned by Laurents) will helm the remake.
Sounds like this saga is far from over!