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Nora Ephron's new play could hit Broadway

Author Nora Ephron attends the "Julie & Julia" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on July 30, 2009 in New York City.
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Author Nora Ephron attends the "Julie & Julia" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on July 30, 2009, in New York.

(CBS News) Nora Ephron left behind a play that will likely get to see the light of day.

A lead producer of Ephron's play, "Lucky Guy," says he is "committed" to getting the production to the Broadway stage. Ephron died Tuesday in New York City at age 71.

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Colin Callender said Thursday that his team "can think of no more fitting tribute to her extraordinary writing and remarkable body of work" than to proceed with plans to produce Ephron's play.

"Lucky Guy" follows the story of tabloid reporter Mike McAlary, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for his coverage on the New York City police brutalization of Abner Louima. McAlary died that same year of colon cancer at age 41.

When word of the potential production first surfaced this spring, Tom Hanks was reported to be in negotiations to play McAlary next year on stage.

No new timetable has been revealed or whether Hanks or potential director George C. Wolfe were still attached to the project.

Ephron gained recognition as the writer of films such as "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle," which starred Hanks. She made her playwriting debut in 2002 with "Imaginary Friends" and co-wrote 2008's off-Broadway play adopted from the book "Love, Loss, and What I Wore."

A funeral for Ephron is slated for July 9, according to the filmmaker's son.