Paramount Pictures has secured the rights to adapt Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I into a movie. The popular stage musical from the 50s had previously been adapted for the screen in various forms including a 1956 live-action feature, a television series in the 70s, and an animated film in 1999.
THR reports that Paramount is gearing up to remake the movie again. Paramount will team up with Temple Hill, a production company helmed by Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen with a track record of turning young adult books into blockbusters. The company has produced the Twilight and Maze Runner series adaptations, as well as TV versions of Love, Victor and Looking for Alaska.
Paramount has yet to name a director or screenwriter for the project. Supposedly, there are plans to update the musical for 2021 to reflect the historical and cultural changes of the modern era. The musical's dated content and historical specifics are due for a refresh, so hopefully Paramount has some ideas.
The King and I is based on a 1944 novel, 'Anna and the King of Siam,' about an English woman who nannies for the king of Thailand (then Siam) during the 1860s. Like many Rodgers & Hammerstein's productions, theaters have continued to perform The King and I since its debut, and musical numbers like "I Whistle a Happy Tune" and "Getting to Know You" have become grade school chorus recital standbys.
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