Iain Canning, Emile Sherman team for romantic comedy

LONDON — Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, the producing duo behind “The King’s Speech,” are teaming with Canadian producer Christina Piovesan on romantic comedy “American English.”

Pic, penned and set to be helmed by Ian Iqbal Rashid, follows the story of a young woman from New Jersey who lives in London and tries to cover up her East Coast roots by teaching herself how to be “perfectly” English.

Canning and Sherman’s U.K. and Oz-based shingle See-Saw Films will produce with Piovesan’s First Generation Films. Pic is skedded to lense this year.

The new project announcement comes just days before the Oscars, where “The King’s Speech” is up for 12 noms. “Speech” nabbed seven Baftas in February and has done stellar B.O. biz, taking nearly $237 million worldwide to date.

See-Saw is currently shooting Steve McQueen’s second directorial effort, “Shame,” toplining Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, in Gotham. Canning exec produced McQueen’s first pic, “Hunger” in 2008.

Piovesan credits include “The Whistleblower,” which was picked up domestically by Samuel Goldwyn Films after its preem at the Toronto Film Festival, and “Amreeka.”

Rashid’s credits include “How She Move” and “Touch of Pink.” He is repped by UTA in the U.S. and The Agency in Blighty.

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