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Keira Knightley in "My Fair Lady" Remake

Posted: June 6th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Columbia Pictures is set to take on a remake of "My Fair Lady," with Keira Knightley in talks to star as the simple Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, who is transformed into a lady. CBS Films, which owns the film rights to the Lerner & Loewe musical, will co-produce and Sony will distribute.

While it's being called an update, the film will use the tuner's score and retain its 1912 setting. Where possible, shooting will be done on location in the original London settings of Covent Garden, Drury Lane, Tottenham Court Road, Wimpole Street and the Ascot racecourse. (The 1964 Warner Bros. film was lensed entirely on Hollywood soundstages.)

The filmmakers plan to adapt Alan Jay Lerner's book more fully for the screen by drawing additional material from George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion," which served as the source material for the musical. The goal is to dramatize the emotional highs and lows of Doolittle as she undergoes the ultimate metamorphosis under the tutelage of Professor Henry Higgins.

"This update will preserve the magic of the musical while fleshing out the characters and bringing 1912 London to life in an authentic and exciting way," said Columbia co-president Doug Belgrad.

"My Fair Lady," with book and lyrics by Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, was first staged in 1956 featuring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison. Audrey Hepburn and Harrison starred in the Oscar-winning George Cukor-helmed film.

Source: Variety


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