Emma Thompson is working on the script of My Fair Lady, which in interviews she has said as being about Eliza being sold into sexual slavery by her father. My Fair Lady has been going through quite a few rewrites these last couple of months. So there is a chance it is going to settle soon.
Emma had this to say about the project:
“I suppose my cheekiness is in saying: ‘This is a very serious story about the usage of women at a particular time in our history. And it’s still going on today. Yes, OK, it’s a wonderful musical, but let’s also look at what it’s really saying about the world.”
She was quite excited to be doing the early drafts for the story.
“I was thrilled to be asked to do it because, having a look at it, I thought that there needs to be a new version,” Thompson said of her rewrite in the London Telegraph. “I’m not hugely fond of the film. I find Audrey Hepburn fantastically twee.”
She also told people what that even meant
“Twee is whimsy without wit. It’s mimsy-mumsy sweetness without any kind of bite. And that’s not for me. She can’t sing and she can’t really act, I’m afraid. I’m sure she was a delightful woman- and perhaps if I had known her I would have enjoyed her acting more, but I don’t and I didn’t, so that’s all there is to it, really.
“It’s high time that the extraordinary role of Eliza was reinterpreted,” she added, “because it’s a very fantastic part for a woman.”
She is quite excited by all this buzz. She also confessed about the depression she was facing because of the pressures of the industry.
Source: Hollywood Reporter