June 6, 2008

Wouldn't It Be Lovely?

Columbia Pictures has entered into an agreement with CBS Films to create a new motion picture of the Lerner and Loewe classic musical My Fair Lady. The new film will use the original songs of the much-loved Broadway show, and will not alter its 1912 setting.

Cameron Mackintosh, who will produce the film, said, “My Fair Lady’s extraordinary tale of a man turning a flower girl into a lady, and then falling for her, combines one of the most powerful narratives in world literature with some of the wittiest and most winning songs ever written for the stage. People everywhere will fall in love again with Lerner and Loewe’s miraculous songs set in a big, gorgeous film with contemporary stars, a more realistically achieved vision of Edwardian London, and a touch more Pygmalion at the heart of this powerfully emotional story of a girl’s transformation. The classic story of a flower girl transformed into an instant sensation couldn't be more timely in a contemporary world obsessed with overnight celebrity.”

Variety reports that Keira Knightley is in talks to star in the film, and I think she would make a fantastic Eliza Doolittle, as she is reminiscent of the timeless Audrey Hepburn.

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