NEW YORK — A producer behind Nora Ephron's new play, "Lucky Guy," says he is "committed" to getting the biography of a newspaper columnist on a Broadway stage despite the death this week of the playwright.

In a statement, Colin Callender says 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 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.