Roger Corman's Little Shop of Horrors Being Remade Again
Now this is a remake I want to see! Although many still call both Little Shop of Horrors films some of the greatest horror-comedy classics ever, I'd still love to see it remade again, and I'm not sure why. Horror sites ShockTillYouDrop and Bloody Disgusting are reporting that Wrong Turn 3 director Declan O'Brien will helm a remake of Roger Corman's classic. "After I did this movie for Roger called Cyclops he was so happy he said, 'This is the best movie that's come through my doors in 20 years, so here's my catalogue, pick something else.'" While he won't say much, O'Brien did reveal one thing: "It wont be a musical."
While all of films O'Brien has directed have either been straight-to-TV or straight-to-DVD, he says they'll be setting up this Little Shop of Horrors remake as a studio feature with Andrew Tennenbaum (The Bourne Trilogy) producing. The original Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman, was released in 1960; later on in 1986 after a successful Broadway run, Frank Oz directed a musical remake of it for the big screen starring Rick Moranis. The story in Little Shop of Horrors is about a florist who finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant named Audrey who constantly demands to be fed.
So what can we expect from O'Brien's remake? "It'll be dark," he says, "I have a take on it you're not going to expect. I'm taking it in a different direction, let's put it that way." Now wouldn't it be cool to see a much darker Little Shop of Horrors? I'm thinking something like The Ruins, with a bit more thrill than comedy. It's for this exact reason that I want to see a remake. I think the concept is one of the best ideas ever conceived and I'd love to see it return to the big screen all over again. And of course, the original two will still be respected and probably gain an ever bigger following in the process, so bring it on. Excited?
Man eating plants are the great untapped minority of Hollywood.
peloquin on Apr 15, 2009
All I have to say is....good luck with this. I am a super fan of Frank Oz's version and boiling this back down to a none musical will not be easy. The playfulness of the story in the musical is really what makes it appealing and the fact that it doesn't try to take itself seriously. The fact that everything was so over the top is what made the story believable. I've thought for a long time that I'd love to see this redone, but was afraid to see how the wackiness of the musical could work with today's audiences. Maybe stripping the music is the best way to make today's audiences connect to the story, that and darkness. Still, Burton kept Sweeney Todd a musical and REALLY made it darker than the play which actually has a lot of comedy to it. I've cast this in my head, but with the musical version in mind Nathan Lane- Mushnik is the only one I can remember, but being this will be darker I say skip that idea. I'll be watching this one closely and praying it comes out well, because if they do it right (which will be a VERY thin line) this could be amazing. Again, good luck!
Lolly on Apr 15, 2009
Oz’s LSOH is one of my favorite movies of all time. Fortunately, that movie is so amazing that it simply can’t be touched. But NOT in a way that I feel upset or think this is a too-soon re-boot; or an attempt to trump and out-do Frank Oz’s movie. The two movies would stand so far apart from one another that I can support the story of Audrey II being retold without feeling that any previous LSOH production (classic, theatre, or Oz’s) is being bastardized. I think it’ll be tough, but am intrigued to see what they can do. God, Frank Oz’s version is just damn amazing, and I LOATHE musicals. I can’t imagine Audrey II without Levi Stubbs. Mushnicks without Vincent Gardenia. Orvin without Steve Martin and so many other key players that make that movie so timeless and incredible. Not to mention sick animatronics and FX that will just be replaced in a newer version with CGI. So good. So. Goddamn. Good.
Voice of Reason on Apr 15, 2009
The Frank Oz version was A LOT darker and ended as a massive downer. I really don't think the original ending can be out done in terms of being dark.
Fuelbot on Apr 15, 2009
Man these movies were great and I've been wondering if they'll do a remake. None musical is fine if they do it right. Be interesting to see and I'm definitely looking forward to this. They will definitely have to think outside the box though and revamp it to where people can go and not expect to compare to the others in similarity but rather expect something totally new with the same basis.
Hey Ya on Apr 15, 2009
It's been a bleak comedy (Corman version) and a musical comedy (Oz version). Now let's see an actual scary version! Scary comedy is fine with me.
Feo Amante on Apr 15, 2009
I'm Game. I think they can do something with this movie in making it darker. His next project after this should be, "Attack of the killer tomatoes" after this one.
The_Phantom on Apr 15, 2009
So let me guess, just like how cyclops was on the sci fi channel this will also be made for the SyFy channel.
jesse on Apr 15, 2009
i was fine with this until i saw the bit about it not being a musical....disappointing.
Al on Apr 15, 2009
Good, this could use an update.
Ryan on Apr 15, 2009
@#3...in total agreement...Levi Stubbs made the whole thing rock....
moldybread on Apr 15, 2009
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Voice of Reason on Apr 15, 2009
It was dark enough growing up watching the first one!
Nick Sears on Apr 15, 2009
Feed me a stray Seymour.
ATM Machine on Apr 16, 2009
I'm glad to see this but only in the case that they still use animatronics. I still say that the Audrey II puppet is one of the best examples of animatronics in movie history. The only thing that could rival it is the T-Rex from Jurrasic park, but that still didn't have as much range of motion. I'd hate to see Seymore talking to a CGI plant. What made the movie so real is that you knew they were both ACTUALLY in the room together. 2 things could come out of this. If it's good, we'll see an awesome telling of the story. And perhaps they'll figure out a way to restore what's left of the original ending of the 80s movie and release it on dvd.
TheManWithNoName on Apr 16, 2009
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