'My Fair Lady' remake still in development

Contrary to Carey Mulligan’s statements at the Cannes Film Festival that the remake of My Fair Lady — which she’s admitted to wanting to be […] Read the full post.

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  • hans thomas sundby

    Could not agree more. And who could add elegance
    like rex harrison more than Daniel Day-Lewis

  • hans thomas sundby

    Elegance vs charms is probably the hidden classical challenge for both the main roles in My fair Lady.
    Probably no change needed at the end of this drama.

  • hans thomas sundby

    Why not a few tears now and then in the eyes of H.H.
    Maybe that would make the drama up to date – and possibly add some true elegance and charm to the karakters of today. Unhappy pride persons
    should be something of the past – and not timeless!

  • thomas sundby

    late in the play dialog: You and I , we are probably acustumed-
    not only to have right – but to get right. How about
    give right – would that get us closer our higher goal – and give deeper meaning to how to speak -
    and get closer contact, – love and respect and
    friendship.
    .

  • jmelvin1

    I hope Mulligan doesn’t nail a cockney accent on “Rain In Spain” as this song celebrates Eliza speaking without a cockney accent. In atford, eringshire, and ampshire, urricanes ardly Hever appen. Remember the movie? Duh.

    Also, I’m sure Mulligan would do this well, but looking at Knightley’s serious roles, she has a lot of successful experience with subtle british accents. She uses two in both Atonement and The Edge Of Love.

  • thomas sundby

    The problems within the play and musical ” My Fair Lady” are not only to know how to speak and what to say … but to
    say it out load and clear – that would make life a lot easier for everybody in the play. This is a classical encounter and needs hard work every day for all -
    every day- every minute. Only good acting is of
    vital importance – please – don`t miss this golden
    opportunity to make a smash hit on this level.

  • Sal

    Ican’t believe the idiots in Hollywood want to remake this magnificent film. Just bring the Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison My Fair Lady back to the theatres. It would sell believe me. It would be fantastic to see it on the big screen again. Many of these greats should be brought back. Look at the value of some of these greats. What’s next Gone With The Wind.

  • Sal

    What a disgrace to remake this fabulous motion picture. It would be like remaking GONE WITH THE WIND. What is wrong with thes pinheads in Hollywood. Do everyone a favor who knows the original of My Fair Lady with the beautiful Audrey Hepburn and the magnificent Rex Harrison can never ever be duplicated. Your going to make asses of yourselves. Bring the original 1964 classic back to the theatres and it will most definitely be a tremendous hit. I don’t care that you can see it on DVD. On a large screen to see it again would be the thrill for all the people who never saw the original.

  • H.TH. Sundby

    I will be very easy to make a B version of the original with Rex Harrison… It is also very unusual – to me -to consider what the cast will be before the director is hired. Emma Thompson has written a script – obviously a better – even much better – than the comparable script. Audrey Hepburn was most certainly instructed to play the way she did. Hopefully Emma Thompson did not instruct Hugh
    Grant in Sense and Sensibility – found him and herself an odd misfit in that movie.
    Thompson

  • Ellie

    “My Fair Lady” was one of my first classics. I saw it when I was 10. It was also my first Audrey Hepburn film. I was obsessed with it then, and I am still very fond of it. However, I’m actually cautiously excited at the prospect of a remake.

    I always find the “where are the new ideas?” argument amusing.

    There’s nothing wrong with a remake, when it works. Even in the classic era, “His Girl Friday” was the second filmed version of “The Front Page” (and the first was considered very very good), the 1940 William Wyler-Bette Davis “The Letter” was a remake, the 1938 Cary Grant-Katharine Hepburn “Holiday” followed a 1930 version, and the Bogart “Maltese Falcon” was the third in 10 years! And those are just a few examples. I do find the 1964 film very flawed now. I’m usually a big fan of Cukor, but his direction here was just too stagy, almost like a filmed play. Compare his work to the way Robert Wise opened up “The Sound of Music” vastly improving on what was apparently a very kitschy set design.

    I also have to agree with a comment I’ve heard before: there has not been a definitive screen Eliza. Wendy Hiller was better than Hepburn pre-transformation, while Hepburn was more convincing (and simply radiant) post. I do adore Audrey as Eliza regardless, but I’d love to see someone else take a crack at the role and maybe nail the whole thing.

    I consider myself a fan of the film, in spite of its flaws, but I just can’t put it in that same untouchable class of a movie like “Casablanca” or “The Wizard of Oz.” Of course it could be a disaster, but I also see room for real improvement.

  • H.TH. Sundby

    The improvement is what we can hopefully wait fore. Why has Emma Thompson anything to do with the
    casting – every time someone leaps out – she has
    something to say – or has to say something. Please E.T. Stop it! Just hope for a tough filmdirector.

  • absofsteel

    Can Carey Mulligan sing, or will they bring in Marny Nixon again?

  • hans thomas sundby

    Most actors can sing. Audrey Hepburn could not. Listen
    to Keira Knightley singing the Irving Berlin song.”Maybe
    it`s because… and who sings it better?

  • Jeph

    Remake MFL?!?!……..Someone’s got a serious loose screw.

  • Hans thomas sundby

    Loose screws in remaking – often a win-win

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