Barbra Streisand’s long-planned movie version of Gypsy is one step closer to the big-screen: Universal has hired Oscar winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Gosford Park) to script an adaptation of the classic musical about legendary burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee and her mother, Momma Rose. Deadline first reported the news.
Streisand has been talking about a Gypsy remake for years. The project was reportedly in development at Warner Bros. before Universal claimed it last year, and blogs buzzed with rumors that Glee‘s Lea Michele might take the Gyspy Rose Lee role. Streisand hasn’t starred in a big-screen musical since 1983’s Yentl, which she also co-wrote, produced, and directed. (No director has been announced for Gypsy.)
Gypsy already has a long history on stage and screen: Written by Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents, he original 1959 Broadway cast featured Ethel Merman as Momma Rose while a 1962 film starred Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood. A critically acclaimed 2008 Broadway revival featured Patti LuPone, who won a Tony for Best Actress in a Musical.