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Barbra Streisand’s GYPSY lives on?

Kristal Bailey

by: Kristal Bailey
March 21st, 2011

Over the past few days, many trades and blogs have been reporting that Barbra Streisand's movie adaptation of the Broadway show Gypsy is dead in the water. However, Deadline is reporting that there's some life in this project yet.

A deal may be close to being finalized with Joel Silver producing at Universal Pictures. Streisand, of course, is still attached, as it is her passion project, and writer Arthur Laurents and lyricist Stephen Sondheim are still on the film as well.

Many reported the project was dead thanks to an interview Laurents did with a Hartford Courant blogger. During the interview, he stated that he and Sondheim didn't want their work to reach the silver screen after all. Nikki Finke believes they've since changed their minds, whether that's from smooth talking by Streisand and the studio or a pay raise of a sort is yet to be released.

It may just have come down to giving Laurents and Sondheim more creative control over the film. They'll now have a strong say over the talent attached, from the screenwriter, director, choreographer, and even the actors for the main roles of Louise and Herbie.

For more on the studio details and Nikki Finke's thoughts on the declining state of film journalism, head over to the original article on Deadline.

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