Cameron Macktintosh has revealed that his big screen adaptation of My Fair Lady has been cancelled.
Talking to Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday (3 May 2014) to promote his new production of Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre, the producer revealed that the planned movie remake of My Fair Lady with Sony Pictures has been shelved.
Mackintosh said that rights and the studio were primarily to blame.
The movie had a screenplay penned by Emma Thompson, and was rumoured to have starred Carey Mulligan as Eliza Doolittle (Carey is currently in rehearsals to star in Stephen Dadry’s revival of David Hare play Skylight at the Wyndham’s Theatre alongside Bill Nighy).
Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical was revived by Mackintosh at the National Theatre in 2001, with a subsequent West End transfer to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Mackintosh scored a big hit in 2012 with his movie version of epic musical Les Miserables starring Hugh Jackson, and he hopes to develop further movie musicals. Miss Saigon The Movie has been rumoured to be in early development.
A new Broadway revival of My Fair Lady is said to be in the works for 2014 by legendary music exec Clive Davis.
Mackintosh’s new production of Miss Saigon in now in previews at the Prince Edward Theatre, opening on 21 May 2014.
During the interview, Mackintosh also dropped heavy hints that a revival of his 1992 musical Moby Dick may be on the horizon. The show has a book by Robert Longden and music and lyrics by Longden and Hereward Kaye. Mackintosh said: “This is a show, Moby Dick, that keeps coming back. And lots of people are doing it, in fact there is a whole new version going on at the moment”. The producer said that people often ask “when will the Whale return?” and his reply was, “Believe me, it will!”