Steven Spielberg is in the middle of remaking the classic, Oscar-trawling musical West Side Story, and now we've got our first idea of what it's going to look like.
Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox have revealed the first shot from the movie's set, with Ansel Elgort's Tony and Rachel Zegler's Maria front and centre.
They're flanked by the Jets and the Sharks on each side, presumably eyeing each other up for a 'rumble'.
But dipping a toe into the online reaction, and things aren't quite as celebratory as the studio may be hoping.
In fact, it's getting a bit of a battering for looking more like a muted Gap advert than a vibrant re-telling of Bernstein and Sondheim's electrifying musical, or Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins' vibrant 1961 movie.
The colours are drab as Elgort's khakis.
west side story 1961: technicolor— Brooke Carrera (@brookedestroys) June 18, 2019
west side story 2019: drab, apparently takes place in germany 1944 https://t.co/h0VlyOicKg
a little insight into the making of Steven Spielberg's WEST SIDE STORY pic.twitter.com/yYyHQZ48JJ— kambol-Eva Unit 01 (@kambolecampbell) June 17, 2019
I hold out hope for Spielberg's take on West Side Story, but I hope it's not visually as earthy as that picture. Part of what I love about the original was the use of color. Not enough blockbusters use vibrant color interestingly these days.— Optigrab (@Optigrab) June 18, 2019
But luckily, some folks have 'fixed' it, and to be fair, it looks 10 times better.
Of course, all this has brought into question why Spielberg is bothering to try and better a movie which landed a ludicrous 10 Oscars, including Best Picture.
Wait, they're remaking West Side Story?— Signore Sammy (@signoresammybkk) June 17, 2019
... Why? https://t.co/tPaaGzXBNP
why why why why why WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY (and i cant stress this enough) WHYYYYY are they remaking Westside Story? Who greenlit this? Who thought this was a good idea?— Sogol Razi (@soggy37) June 17, 2019
Also starring Rita Moreno, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, and Corey Stoll, it's due for release in December, 2020.