Writer boards I Dream Of Jeannie

Rita Hsiao hired to pen a big screen remake of US sitcom I Dream Of Jeannie.

‘Mulan’ writer Rita Hsiao will pen a film version of popular ’60s US sitcom I Dream Of Jeannie.

Producer Sid Ganis praised Hsiao’s ideas for the film, telling  reporters: “She has a terrific, bright, fresh approach to Jeannie’s story, with a twist and turn along the way. She captured all of our imaginations in the telling of it.”

A movie remake of ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’ has been in development for several years, most recently with ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ director Gurinder Chadha, but Ganis admitted that he has no regrets about the length of time involved in getting the project made.

“This is such a beloved and iconic character that it has to be told the right way,” he explained. “You have a loyalty to the character that has to exist, and sometimes it takes time to get there.”

EXTRAs: The sitcom first aired in 1965 and ran for 139 episodes until 1970. Barbara Eden played the titular female genie opposite Larry Hagman’s astronaut, who she eventually falls in love with and marries.