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Barbra Streisand's 'Gypsy' Film Adaptation Moving Forward: Report

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Barbra Streisand's dream to adapt the 1959 Broadway hit "Gypsy" for the silver screen may well be on its way after Universal Pictures hired Oscar nominee Richard LaGravenese to write the script.

Deadline Hollywood's Nikki Finke broke the news on her blog on Thursday. She noted that Universal had already commissioned a script in 2012. By ordering a second one from LaGravenese, however — who worked with Streisand on 1996's "The Mirror Has Two Faces" — the studio would likely be able to tap into the potential of that collaboration once again.

According to Entertainment Weekly, LaGravenese has also been on a roll, having penned the script for HBO's critically acclaimed Liberace biopic, "Behind the Candelabra," and "also recently finished directing his film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s musical 'The Last Five Years' starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan."

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"Gypsy" is based on the 1957 autobiography of Gypsy Rose Lee, "Gypsy: A Memoir," which chronicles the life of one of America's most celebrated striptease artists. It became a stage play staring Ethel Merman in 1959, and Rosalind Russell and Bette Midler have also starred in two film versions of Gypsy's story, respectively.

In order to do the new adaptation, Streisand had to get the film rights permission from Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the lyrics for the original play.

Several publications pointed out that Merman was 51 when she originated the role, while Streisand is 72, casting some doubt on Babs' ability to do the role justice. Finke noted, however, that "she looked refreshed for the big screen in her most recent 'The Guilt Trip,' Paramount/Skydance’s 2012 mother-son comedy co-starring Seth Rogen."

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Barbra Streisand's dream to adapt the 1959 Broadway hit "Gypsy" for the silver screen may well be on its way after Universal Pictures hired Oscar nominee Richard LaGravenese to write the script.
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