By Nicole Sperling
Updated March 04, 2009 at 07:35 AM EST
Credit: My Fair Lady: Everett Collection; Danny Boyle: Samir Hussein/Getty Images

The false rumor that Slumdog Millionaire‘s Danny Boyle would direct the next James Bond movie dominated the news cycle today, but the Academy Award winner is the talk of the town for another high-profile gig. It may sound far-fetched, but numerous sources tell EW that Boyle is talking to Sony Pictures about helming the studio’s remake of the musical My Fair Lady, which already has a screenplay by actor-writer Emma Thompson. In fact, one source says that Boyle’s interest in Lady has prevented him from working on the teen-assassin project Hanna, from screenwriter Seth Lockheed, which Boyle has been developing for a while. Both Sony and Boyle’s reps declined comment.

Whether he would actually do My Fair Lady or not is another matter, but Boyle has never been one to follow the rules. His indie edge might be just the jolt the staid Eliza Doolittle could use. You never know, the results could be loverly….

addCredit(“My Fair Lady: Everett Collection; Danny Boyle: Samir Hussein/Getty Images”)