Joseph Gordon-Levitt Planning ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Remake

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:48 pm,

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been a hot discussion topic over the past week, thanks to the prominence of his character in the third Dark Knight Rises trailer. The conversation concerning the in-demand actor should change a bit, though, now that new reports have revealed Levitt is playing an important creative role in an upcoming Little Shop of Horrors remake over at Warner Bros.

Roger Corman’s original 1960 cult B-movie The Little Shop of Horrors (supposedly inspired by John Collier’s 1932 story “Green Thoughts”) was the basis for a stage musical in 1982 – which in turn gave rise to Frank Oz’ Little Shop of Horrors film four years later. Levitt’s project, it seems, will be a revamping of the 1986 movie musical.

Heat Vision reports that Marc Platt (the producer behind Broadway’s Wicked musical) will back the Little Shop of Horrors remake. The writer behind the upcoming Carrie re-interpretation, Robert Aguirre-Sacasa – who is perhaps best known for salvaging the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark stage musical following director Julie Taymor’s departure – has been set to script the project.

The Little Shop of Horrors musical takes place in New York City during the 1960s, following the misadventures of mild-mannered flower shop assistant Seymour Krelborn – after he discovers a strange plant (of mysterious origins) that grows into a giant, talking, monstrosity that feeds on human blood. Ghostbusters franchise alum Rick Moranis played Seymour in the 1986 film adaptation.

Oz’ Little Shop of Horrors also boasted such memorable elements as Steve Martin playing a masochistic, Elvis-like dentist – along with Oscar-nominated music from composer/lyricist duo Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and an ending that was substantially retooled, after negative test audience feedback to the original conclusion (carried over from the stage musical).

Levitt is currently said to be “developing” the Little Shop of Horrors remake, with the plan being that he will also play Seymour in the actual movie. There’s no director attached to the project as of yet, but that could quickly change now that a major player from Inception (among other films) is involved.

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Rick Moranis in 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Ever since Levitt re-established himself as a credible adult character actor with Brick back in 2005, he’s gone on to become one of the most respected and in-demand young male leads in the biz. This year alone, Levitt will be appearing in the latest projects from heavy-hitters like Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises) and Steve Spielberg (Lincoln) – while also pulling leading man duties in David Koepp’s Premium Rush and Brick director Rian Johnson’s Looper.

Levitt looks to continue expanding his repertoire to include feature-length writing and directing, beginning with the upcoming Don Jon’s Addiction (which he will also headline). However, his decision to also push ahead with a retooling of a pretty beloved cult movie musical from the ’80s won’t win him any favors, as far as the initial reaction from the cinephile crowd goes.

Depending on what approach Levitt and Sacasa take to refashioning Oz’ Little Shop of Horrors movie (restoring the original, more gruesome ending from the stage musical seems a likely route), that may or may not change in the future.

We will keep you posted on the status of the Little Shop of Horrors remake as the story develops.


Source: THR

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  1. Awesome loved the original, if its darker that would be cool, or even as a comedy again either way would love to see it.

  2. …and the monkey pushes another button.

  3. I miss Rick Moranis. Wish he would get back into movie making. Funny guy.

  4. I’ve been wondering if anybody was gonna remake. My dreams have come true. I hope they keep it as a musical.

  5. FFS… are they going to remake my entire youth? What next? Seven Brides for Seven Brothers revamped for inner city kids and hip hop?
    Oh god… I’ve said it… it will now happen… *dies*

    • Would just like to say that I love you for the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers reference… never thought that would happen on this site!

      Love that musical!

  6. please keep audrey 2 as a puppet and not 100% CGI.

  7. Ah, memories of high school.

    Blood sucking organic monsters… set to music… and that was just in the hallway.

  8. Any eighties movies left to remake or have they gotten them all. Have they really run out of ideas? I can’t think of anything coming out that’s not a remake, reboot, sequel, or adaptation. It’s just sad really.

  9. remaking remakes, is there nothing original left to make films from. :(

  10. No.I’m semi ok with a remake, but he cannot play Seymour.I vote for Neil Patrick Harris.

  11. NO!

    Don’t ruin a great film and play, no one can play Seymour better than Rick, please I hope to god this doesn’t happen.

  12. Please cast Cee-lo Green as Audrey 2.

  13. Neil Patrick Harris should be the dentist!!!!

  14. Looks like he won’t be re-making the film after all..

    Comic-Con 2012 Exclusive: Joseph Gordon-Levitt NOT Doing Little Shop of Horrors Remake

  15. Do this cast now!

    Seymour: Neil Patrick Harris
    Audrey: Kerry Butler
    Mushnik: Danny DeVito
    Orin: Douglas Sills
    Audrey II (Voice): Celo Green
    Arthur Denton: Jim Carrey