Barbra Streisand's Gypsy Film Not Happening Afterall
Posted on Mon Mar 14, 2011 09:54 AM PDT

bstreisand053110_01_X17200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Barbra Streisand confirmed last month she'll be performing in the film Gypsy, however author Arthur Laurents says the film won't be happening afterall.

Streisand had told the LA Times, "I am not sure about directing it. It may just be too much. I know I will be playing the part. It's like a bookend starting with 'Funny Girl."

In a recent conversation with Gypsy's lyricist Stephen Sondheim, Laurents said:

    "'What is the point of it?' And I said, 'They have this terrible version with Rosalind Russell wearing those black and white shoes. You want a record because the theater is ephemeral. But that's wrong. The theater's greatest essence is that it is ephemeral. You don't need a record. The fact that it's ephemeral means you can have different productions, different Roses on into infinity.' So I don't want it now. I don't want a definitive record. I want it to stay alive."

As for Barbra Streisand's thoughts, he added, "I think [Streisand] is disappointed. She wanted very much to do it. That would have been a good exit for her career. Tom Hopper ["The King's Speech"] wanted to direct it. I think he's wonderful."

This would be the third remake.