LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Is Getting Remade by Director Greg Berlanti
Little Shop of Horror is such a great and charmingly horrific dark comedy musical. The 1986 Frank Oz-directed version starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin is by far my favorite version. Before that, there was a 1960 film from Roger Corman that starred Jack Nicholson. It was also a broadway musical, which I've never seen.
Warner Bros. is now looking to retell the classic tale of a man-eating plant from outer space. The studio has hired Greg Berlanti to direct the film. His name probably sounds familiar to you because he's the same guy who produces The CW's Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl.
I have absolutely no idea if Berlanti is a good director or not because I've never seen any of the few films he directed early on in his career. With a project like Little Shop of Horrors, though, it would be hard to screw up.
The story follows a nerdy florist who comes across a plant that appears after an eclipse of the sun. He takes it back to the flower shop he works at to help attract customers. To keep the plant healthy and growing he has to feed it human blood and meat.
The film will be a musical version of the story so you can expect to hear all of those classic songs again. Four years ago, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was developing the remake of the property at WB, and he was going to play the main character, Seymore. He's absolutely perfect for the role! There's no word on if he's still involved, but I really hope that he is. It'd be a shame if this movie happened without such perfect casting.
If you've never seen the 1986 version of the film, you should definitely check it out. It's such a great film, and it has a hilarious cameo from Bill Murray that you don't want to miss.
Berlanti is also attached to direct an adaptation of a young adult novel called Simon Vs. the Homo Sapien's Agenda, which has Nick Robinson attached to star.