Myriad Pictures has committed to fully finance romantic comedy Why Can't I Be Audrey Hepburn, which is set to star Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Hewitt, who herself played Hepburn in a recent ABC miniseries, will be directed by Ryan Murphy, the writer and producer of hit US TV show Popular. She plays a news anchorwoman with the romantic ideals of an Audrey Hepburn movie who is stood up on her wedding day. She turns to her fiance's best friend, a wisecracking fireman, to help her win him back.

Shoot is planned for winter next year, with indie veterans Joni Sighvatsson and Gregg Fienberg producing. Hewitt, who shot to fame in TV series Party Of Five and the horror movie I Know What You Did Last Summer, will next be seen in DreamWorks SKG's The Tuxedo and Alec Baldwin's The Devil And Daniel Webster. Her other credits include Heartbreakers and The Suburbans.

The film joins Myriad's London and MIFED slate which includes Rain Falls, a sex drama with Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, the thriller People I Know, with Al Pacino and Kim Basinger and Miguel Arteta's The Good Girl, starring Jennifer Aniston.

Why Can't I Be Audrey Hepburn was also in development at Lakeshore Entertainment - where Sighvatsson developed it - and DreamWorks SKG. Myriad, headed by Kirk D'Amico and Philip von Alvensleben, is handling worldwide distribution.