Warner Bros. has been pretty quiet about their proposed remake of The Little Shop of Horrors but that looks to be about to change. It's been reported that Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast) and Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) could be in the frame for taking the lead roles in an update of the cult horror-comedy musical.
The first version of The Little Shop of Horrors was a darkly comic low-budget horror from genre legend Richard Corman (The Masque of the Red Death). Filmed in 1960 over the course of just two days, it tells the story of a man-eating plant being cultivated by a timid florist who falls under its spell, and also featured an early wacky cameo by Jack Nicholson. It was reinvented as a Broadway stage musical in 1982, and this led to the much-loved film version of the production in 1986 which was directed by Frank Oz (The Dark Crystal). Starring Rick Moranis as Seymour and Ellen Greene as his unrequited love Audrey, it also featured Steve Martin and the songs from the stage show. Singer Levi Stubbs gave life to the smooth-voiced killer plant Audrey II. Rumors of remakes occasionally surfaced with Joseph Gordon-Levitt linked to one in 2012. However it was during last year that Warner Bros. announced a remake that would be directed by DCTV's Greg Berlanti. Nothing of any real substance has been heard about the project since then though.
Today however, That Hashtag Show has reported some fresh developments with the progress of the remake. Keen to move forward with the project, Warner Bros. is apparently looking to cast Gad and Wilson in the starring roles of Seymour and Audrey. Although this is still to be officially confirmed and both actors have yet to sign anything, they are reportedly said to be very interested in the film.
The remake is said to be close to the 1986 version, with a new script from Matthew Robinson (The Invention of Lying) that will keep it as a musical comedy-horror. However, there is no update as to whether the ever-busy Berlanti is still tapped to direct it. The choices for the leads would seem to be solid though, as both Gad and Wilson have the necessary comedic abilities and vocal talents to carry the stage songs. Gad has sung in Frozen and Beauty and the Beast, Wilson has the three Pitch Perfect films behind her, and both actors have substantial stage experience.
Beyond that tentative casting news, there is no further information regarding a release date or whether there will be any substantial changes from the previous plots. However, Warner Bros. does seem determined to carry the remake to fruition and we'll pass on any further details on The Little Shop of Horrors as we get them.
Source: That Hashtag Show