Joe Wright Is Not Directing My Fair Lady

Atonement director denies all knowledge

Well, we can't be right all the time. Last week we brought you the news from the trades (it was in Variety! It's not our fault!) that Joe Wright, director of Atonement and Pride and Prejudice, would be reteaming with Keira Knightley for a new version of My Fair Lady, scripted by Emma Thompson.

It turns out that at least 33.3% of that story is completely untrue, as discovered by Screenrush when they asked Joe Wright about it at the London Film Festival.

"It's not happening! It's all a lie!" opines Wright. "I thought about it for a couple of minutes and decided not to do it, and then suddenly it got into the press that I was doing it." And his motives for turning it down? "No reason really. You get a lot of scripts and you read them and..."

So that's Danny Boyle and Joe Wright out of the director's chair. Who else is in the running and available, we wonder? And given the dodginess of the original story, should we also move Keira back from the "confirmed" to the "rumoured" file?

More news as it emerges...