Hewitt to star in romantic comedy

LONDON — Myriad Pictures will fully finance, produce and distribute “Why Can’t I Be Audrey Hepburn,” which has spent four years alternating between development and turnaround at various shingles.

Jennifer Love Hewitt will star in the romantic comedy, which tells the story of a young woman, Los Angeles TV news anchor obsessed with actress Audrey Hepburn, who is dumped at the altar by her wealthy fiancé.

Scribe Ryan Murphy, who created and exec produced “Popular” for the WB network, will make his directorial debut with the pic.

Project originated at DreamWorks with Steven Spielberg to direct, Tea Leoni to star and Norman Jewison attached to produce. It was then passed to Lakeshore Entertainment, where Michael Lembeck was attached to direct with Jewison producing. and Miracle Entertainment before landing at Myriad.

“Hepburn” will now be produced by Gregg Fienberg and Joni Sighvatsson.

Other stars who circled “Audrey Hepburn” at one time include Renee Zellweger, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ashley Judd.

Love Hewitt and Murphy are both repped by CAA.

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