Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents are co-writers of the original 1959 musical.
Recently, Stephen Sondheim asked Arthur Laurents why he wanted the film project:
"So I don't want it now. I don't want a definitive record. I want it to stay alive.
"I think [Barbra Streisand] is disappointed. She wanted very much to do it. That would have been a good exit for her career. Tom Hooper [The King's Speech] wanted to direct it. I think he's wonderful."