Barbra Streisand will no longer be appearing in a forthcoming movie adaptation of the classic Broadway musical 'Gypsy', according to reports. The legendary singer and actress was set to play 'Rose', an American burlesque entertainer who was also an actress, author and playwright.
Barbra Streisand's role in the forthcoming movie 'Gypsy' has been scrapped after the project was reportedly cancelled. The long-time Broadway producer Arthur Laurents has revealed the reasons why.Speaking to Frank Rizzo of the Hartford Courant, Laurents talks about his decision to pull the plug on the forthcoming film. He claims a conversation with Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the play's lyrics, prompted him to cancel the project. Laurents said Sondheim had suggested that there was 'no point' in developing a new adaptation. The producer recounts the conversation, saying, "He said, 'What is the point of it?' And I said, They have this terrible version with Rosalind Russell wearing those black and white shoes. And then Sondheim told me something that he got from the British - and it's wonderful. He said, You want a record because the theatre is ephemeral. But that's wrong", he added, "So I don't want it now. I don't want a definitive record. I want it to stay alive". Although Laurents appears adamant that the movie will not go ahead, Deadline recently reported that a deal was close to being finalized at Universal Pictures, with Joel Silver producing the project.
It has also been reported that Barbra Streisand could star alongside the comedy actor Seth Rogen in the forthcoming road-trip movie 'My Mother's Curse'. Speaking to E! Online, Rogen was hopeful that the project would go-head, saying, "I am excited about it! I've met her only a couple times so far but she's really funny and nice and really reminds me a lot of my actual mother, which is very odd...My girlfriend's like a huge Barbra Streisand fan".