Fellowes, Streisand, Silver Team For “Gypsy”

“Downton Abbey” creator and Oscar-winning scribe Julian Fellowes (“Gosford Park”) has been set to pen the screenplay for a new film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ Tony Award winning musical “Gypsy” at Universal Pictures.

Barbra Streisand and Joel Silver are producing the film in which Streisand will portray “Momma Rose”, the entertainer’s first musical since 1983’s “Yentl”.

The compelling story, based on the memoirs of the famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, was previously adapted for the screen in 1962 with Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood.

This would mark Silver’s first foray into musicals. Fellowes also previously adapted the script for Disney’s stage production of “Mary Poppins”.