Films, Gossip, remakes

update on the My Fair Lady remake

0 Comments 11 November 2008

While I still haven’t heard anything set in stone and announced officially, it seems to be a widely assumed fact that Keira Knightley is signed to play Eliza Doolittle in the upcoming film remake of My Fair Lady. Information is still scarce, and no other cast has been announced (though wildly speculated on), but now IMDb has a development page up for the film, with a release date of 2010. You have to have a Pro account to see any details, and I don’t really feel like paying to get one piece of information, but Keira’s page also has one developing project on it, which I’m betting is MFL.

While doing some wandering on the Internet, I found that Wikipedia has collected some more information. Supposedly, actress Emma Thompson will be writing the screenplay (longhand, with a fountain pen), and it’s to be a somewhat updated version of the classic film and play. Even more startling is the persistent rumor that Brad Pitt and George Clooney were looking to produce the movie together, as they have worked together many times before, but had a huge falling out over the fact that they both wanted the plum Henry Higgins role. What’s more, some are saying that Brad wanted partner Angelina Jolie as Eliza! I’d say to take all these rumors with a grain of salt or two, but it still makes for interesting news, no?

Hopefully we’ll get some more concrete news before too long, and can then focus on the long wait ’til production photos, trailers, and the film itself. Has this new information made anyone feel better — or worse — about the remake? Also, what are your views on redoing this role so famously? Audrey herself wasn’t immune to criticism when she was cast, despite the fact that Warner Bros. thought Julie Andrews was too unknown to star in the last great film musical, so how will Keira and her career hold up after trying to fill the shoes of two such memorable women and their versions of Eliza Doolittle?

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