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Columbia Pictures remaking 'My Fair Lady'

LOS ANGELES, June 6 (UPI) -- Columbia Pictures announced plans in Hollywood Thursday for a new feature film adaptation of the Broadway musical "My Fair Lady."

A 1964 version starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison won eight Oscars, including best picture, best director (George Cukor) and best actor (Harrison). The 1957 Broadway production won six Tony Awards, including best musical and best actor in a musical for Harrison.

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Columbia Pictures said in a release it will collaborate with CBS Films to create a new movie version of the Lerner and Loewe musical, to be produced by Duncan Kenworthy and Cameron Mackintosh.

Kenworthy is an Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated producer whose credits include "Gulliver's Travels" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral." Mackintosh has staged two revivals of the musical, one in 1979 and one currently touring the United States.

The new film will use the original songs of the Lerner and Loewe production but, unlike the 1964 film, will be filmed on location in the original London settings of Covent Garden, Drury Lane, Tottenham Court Road, Wimpole Street and Ascot racecourse, the announcement said.

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