West Side Story is a 2021 American musical romantic drama film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Tony Kushner. It is the second feature-length adaptation of the 1957 stage musical of the same name with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It stars Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler (in her feature film debut) with Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, and Rita Moreno in supporting roles. Moreno, who starred in the 1961 film adaptation, also served as an executive producer, alongside Kushner.
The film started development in 2014 by 20th Century Fox and Kushner began penning the screenplay in 2017. In January 2018, Spielberg was hired and casting began that September. Justin Peck choreographed the dance sequences. Filming began in July 2019 and wrapped up two months later. Shooting occurred in New York and New Jersey.
West Side Story had its world premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater in New York City on November 29, 2021, and was theatrically released by 20th Century Studios in the United States on December 10, 2021, after being delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film received critical acclaim for Spielberg's direction, Kushner's screenplay, the performances of the cast, musical numbers, cinematography, production values, and its faithfulness to the source material with some critics finding it to be superior to the 1961 film.