Universal Pictures to Remodel Whorehouse for Film

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Carol Hall's 1978 musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas will get a film makeover from "Legally Blonde" screenwriters Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, according to Variety.

The new, updated version for Universal Pictures will be a departure from both the stage musical and the subsequent 1982 film that starred Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds. "Twilight" producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing the contemporary take on Whorehouse. While the latest incarnation is set to include musical numbers, those involved have not revealed whether songs from the original stage and film versions will remain intact. (The earlier film used some of Hall's songs from the Broadway show but also included new songs written by Parton).

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which traces the fate of the infamous Texas brothel, the Chicken Ranch, had a book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson, with a score by Hall. The musical, co-directed by Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune, opened on Broadway in 1978, playing 1,584 performances.

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