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Keira Knightley in Talks to Star in My Fair Lady Remake

Columbia Pictures is looking to put together a new version of My Fair Lady, with Keira Knightley reportedly in talks to star as Eliza Doolittle. ComingSoon has more from the statement issued by Columbia today:

The new film will use the original songs of the much-loved Broadway show, and will not alter its 1912 setting, but Kenworthy and Mackintosh intend where possible to shoot the film on location in the original London settings of Covent Garden, Drury Lane, Tottenham Court Road, Wimpole Street, and Ascot racecourse. The filmmaking team will also look to adapt Alan Jay Lerner's book more fully for the screen by drawing additional material from Pygmalion — George Bernard Shaw's play that served as the source material for the musical — in order to dramatize as believably as possible for present-day audiences the emotional highs and lows of Eliza Doolittle as she undergoes the ultimate makeover.

Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad added, "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." Huh. Interesting thought. I guess.

I gotta say, I have some major mixed feelings about this. Most of all, I don't see the point. What do you think about a new My Fair Lady movie?


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