It should come as no surprise that we’ve now reached the point in Hollywood where movie studios are starting to remake remakes. The Magnificent Seven and Ben-Hur are both recent examples from this year and we also recently heard about a new version of Nosferatu that is currently in development. Now this week it looks like the folks at Warner Brothers are finally getting ready to move forward with a new version of Little Shop of Horrors, something they have been threatening to do for a while now. I suppose it’s fair to say that there are certain classic tales that will always just keep coming back around, but in this case, it sounds like they are drawing pretty heavily from the 1986 musical version that was directed by Frank Oz. Hit the jump for the full scoop.
According to Deadline, Greg Berlanti is set to direct a new version of Little Shop of Horrors for Warner Brothers from a script written by Matthew Robinson. Berlanti is best known as the producer on several DC Comics TV shows including Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl, but he also co-wrote the 2011 Green Lantern movie and directed the 2010 comedy Life As We Know It starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. Robinson, on the other hand, wrote the Ricky Gervais comedy The Invention of Lying.
This new take is expected to be a musical just like the 1986 film, although it is unclear if they will re-use songs from Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s off-Broadway musical. The 1960 original was directed by Roger Corman and at one point Wrong Turn 3 director Declan O’Brien was attached to direct a more straightforward horror remake. More recently, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was rumoured to be producing and starring in a Little Shop of Horrors remake, although he no longer appears to be involved. Are you interested in a new version of Little Shop of Horrors?