John Madden to Direct My Fair Lady

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John Madden is in talks to direct Columbia Pictures’ remake of the classic musical My Fair Lady, says Variety.

Variety says Madden will ramp up the search for his leading lady and man in the new year. Though Kiera Knightley has been circling the project for some time, there is no formal agreement for her to play Eliza.

The film will reportedly draw more closely on Alan Jay Lerner’s book and the original play it is based on — George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” — than on 1964’s George Cukor-directed Warner Bros. film starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.