Joseph Gordon-Levitt has reached the point in his career where’s he’s got enough clout to get films made. And that can only be a good thing, if his starring choices are any indication. He usually picks very solid material. Today, Heat Vision reported that the 31-year-old actor is currently developing a remake of the classic musical “Little Shop Of Horrors”.
There have been two previous cinematic versions, with the 1960 original marking one of Jack Nicholson’s first big screen appearances, and the 1986 version bringing Steve Martin and Rick Moranis together under the direction of Frank Oz. That’s the version I am familiar with, and it’s pretty entertaining. I even enjoyed the songs a lot, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t generally care for musicals. For those of you who have not heard of it, “Little Shop Of Horrors” tells the story of a mild-mannered florist who discovers a carnivorous plant with a mind of its own, and a kick-ass singing voice. He takes the plant in, and much hilarity, gruesome deaths and catchy Broadway numbers ensue.
Although no director has been confirmed for this remake yet, Gordon-Levitt has already laid down the groundwork with two key talents in place. Marc Platt (Broadway show “Wicked”) will serve as producer, while Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will write the screenplay. His last credit is the controversial Broadway rendition of Marvel’s Spidey, “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark”. Gordon-Levitt will take the starring role, which would be the florist Seymour Krelborn. Audrey the man-eating plant will most likely be a CGI creation, hopefully with some old-school techniques thrown in, like animatronics and puppetry.
More news to come as we get em…