My Fair Lady Won’t Hit Big Screen

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According to British actress Emma Thompson, adaptation of the long-awaited ‘My Fair Lady’ is now on hold and shelved.

The actress wrote the screenplay for a remake of the famous 1964 musical which starred beauty Audrey Hepburn portraying Eliza Doolittle.

It seems like the project had numerous delays due to technical issues.

Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley were rumoured to get the lead roles, but the speculated director, Danny Boyle, allegedly left the project never to return again.

As Emma, who has been rewriting the script many times, tells the Britain’s Daily Mail, “I did a new version of My Fair Lady, which they’re not making.”

It seems like Thompson is also admitting that the play will never become a movie again.

Another source also told the same publication, “They ended up with a director, John Madden, but they couldn’t find the right Eliza Doolittle, and there were also complex rights issues at play.”

My Fair Lady is a musical based upon George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle,Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a real lady.

The musical’s 1956 Broadway production was a hit, setting what was then the record for the longest run of any musical theatre production in history. It was followed by a hit London production, a popular film version and numerous revivals.

It has been called “the perfect musical.”

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