A new version of Little Shop of Horrors is now going ahead at Warner Bros., and the studio has tapped an Arrowverse producer to helm the movie.
According to Deadline, Gerg Berlanti will be sitting in the director’s chair for a "fresh version" of the movie, with Matthew Robinson (Black Box, Monster Trucks) penning the script. A remake has apparently been in the works for a while, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in talks to star back in 2012.
Greg Berlanti is the visionary writer-producer who successfully steered what is now called the Arrowverse on The CW. It includes DC superhero TV series Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. Little Shop of Horrors won’t be Berlanti’s first directing gig, though. In 2010, he helmed the Katherine Heigl-Josh Duhamel comedy movie Life as We Know It and is set to take on Warner Bros.’ long-gestating superhero film Booster Gold.
The new Little Shop of Horrors will be a musical based on director Frank Oz’s 1986 movie that starred Rick Moranis as Seymour Krelborn, a nerdy young florist who raises a plant he discovers to be carnivorous and likes to feed on human flesh and blood. As he kills for the giant (and singing) plant, Seymour’s fame and popularity rises. The movie also starred Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, and Steven Martin in the role of a sadistic dentist.
The script was written by Howard Ashman who adapted the movie from the 1982 off-Broadway musical he wrote with musical composer Alan Menken. Which was itself based on the 1960 film directed by Roger Corman (who went on to direct that famously unreleased 1994 Fantastic Four movie). The low-budget movie then starred a young Jack Nicholson as a pain addicted dental patient, a role that was later played by Bill Murray in the Frank Oz movie.
The 1986 film is widely considered as a horror-comedy classic and featured the genius puppetry of Frank Oz. It’s going to be interesting what route they will take for the giant carnivorous plant in the new version. Will it be CGI? Or will they use practical effects? What do you guys think: is this Little Shop of Horrors remake one too many, or do you think that the 30-year-old film is ripe for one?