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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Next: Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman could be the next blockbuster film in line for a big stage makeover. The New York Post’s Michael Riedel reports that Garry Marshall, who directed the 1990 smash, has teamed up with producer Paula Wagner in an attempt to bring the Julia Roberts/Richard Gere fairytale to Broadway, with the help of JF Lawton, who wrote the original script. The film starred Roberts as an LA prostitute hired by Gere’s wealthy businessman. The two eventually fall in love. It was a worldwide hit and is one of the most successful romantic comedies of all time, grossing upwards of $460m in the US alone. The plot shares a number of similarities with the rags-to-riches story My Fair Lady, which suggests it may slot into a new musical home with ease. A number of Hollywood movies have made the transition to the stage in recent years, with a musical version of Rocky opening on Broadway this week.

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