Justin Peck to Choreograph Spielberg Remake of West Side Story in Other Performing & Fine Arts: Performances, Exhibits, Films, and Events Posted Saturday at 05:16 PM · Edited Saturday at 05:29 PM by Quiggin 23 hours ago, dirac said: Neither man is known for his lightness of touch ... I left out "these days" to reflect my own thinking on Spielberg. I imagine Justin Peck's choreography getting lost in all the restless production values – hot colors, big sets, camera movements, etc. Translating the stage musical and choreography to the screen is always problematic in that film basically a realistic medium. Its tendency is to document everything, major and minor, with a ruthless eye that gives every element an equivalent value, whereas on stage you only notice the magic, not the clunkiness of the sets and furniture and the awkwardness of physical space. Directors who might have been interesing choices: 1) small scale - someone like the Chantal Ackerman or Jacques Demy who in different ways would have separated the everday actions from the songs and dance, foregrounded Peck's choreography against simple backgrounds, thus making them discrete elements – two films checkerboarded or running in parallel. Or 2) big scale - Martin Scorsese, who has a subtler sense of the craft and better understanding of cinematic values than Speilberg. Even Julian Schnabel would have been a more sober choice and would have cooled everything down a couple of notches.