The London Royal Opera House is planning a new opera based on the life on Anna Nicole Smith.
"It is not going to be tawdry, it is going to be witty, clever, thoughtful and sad," Elaine Padmore, Covent Garden's director of opera, told the Guardian newspaper.
"It will tell the story of her life, the people who influenced her, her progress," Padmore said. "Clearly the story is about a woman who met an ancient gentleman in a wheelchair, but it's not going to be a straight narrative; choices have been made about significant moments, selecting which incidents in her life are to be built up."
British classical music composer Mark-Anthony Turnage will work with librettist Richard Thomas. Richard Jones will direct the opera, which is set to open in 2011.