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Universal Pictures to remake 1982 feature film

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Washington (ANI): American movie studio Universal Pictures is set to do a remake of the 1982 feature film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. The studio has tapped Legally Blonde duo Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten 'Kiwi' Smith to adapt a modern take, and Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing through their Temple Hill banner, reports Variety.

Universal Pictures is planning a complete overhaul of the original, which starred Burt Reynolds as a town sheriff and Dolly Parton as a madame who team up to stop a crusading TV personality from shutting down the local whorehouse, the famed Chicken Ranch, which was featured in a Playboy magazine profile.

The original film, which was based on the 1978 Broadway play of the same name, featured many of the same songs as the stage version as well as two songs penned by Parton, the duet “Sneakin" Around" and “I Will Always Love You".

The revamp will also include musical numbers, though the studio is tight-lipped about whether the new version will incorporate the previous film"s songs. Larry L. King, who wrote the Playboy profile, and Peter Masterson penned the book for the Broadway play. Carol Hall wrote the music and lyrics.

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