'The King and I' remake in the works at Paramount

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“The King and I” will dance onto the big screen once again.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1965 classic musical is getting remade by Paramount Pictures.

The studio has reportedly acquired the rights to the musical. Temple Hill, behind “Happiest Season” and “Love, Simon,” will produce.

Based on the 1944 semi-fictionalized biography “Anna and the King of Siam,” inspired by true events from the 1860 in what is now Thailand, focuses on Anna Leonowens, a widowed mother of two, who travels to Siam to teach English to the wives and children of King Mongkut.

It was first adapted into a film in 1946 before making its way into a stage musical in 1951 starring Yul Brynner, which became an instant hit.

Brynner won a Tony Award and went on to portray the King in the 1956 musical, which got him an Oscar for Best Actor. The film scored nine Oscar nominations and won a total of five.

In 1972, the story was adapted into a TV series followed by an animated musical in 1999. That same year, Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-fat starred in a live-action remake titled “Anna and the King.”

Due to a 1930s censorship law that prohibits films and filmmakers from portraying the monarchy in a disrespectful way, the film, along with the 50s musical, remains banned in Thailand, per The Guardian,

The Hollywood Reporter notes that no writer or director is attached to the project at this point.

The modern-day version will adopt a “contemporary perspective” by incorporating diversity and real history.

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