Gere is currently starring in the Brit indie hit The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and Marshall has yet to speak to Julia Roberts about even a cameo in his proposed musical, which he insists could be on air by next summer.
“There has been talk about a remake, but it was such a great film it would be tough. We are definitely doing the musical, which we hope to be on Broadway by next year,” Marshall said while in Los Angeles.
“It is such a great story, we feel that it could work well for fans.”
Gere, 65, has sung in movies and on stage in the past — starring in Broadway’s version of Grease — but Marshall feels that despite his ageless, handsome face, they would need a younger man as the lead.
“I would like Richard to be in it. I don’t think he could the lead, but we could write something for him. It would be fantastic; he is a strong actor and would be a great draw for everyone,” Marshall dished.
“Pretty Woman really has all the elements to make it a really strong musical.”