Reboots, sequels and remakes are all the rage these days, with titles such as Ghostbusters, The Jungle Book, Beauty And The Beast and Star Wars all getting a modern-day brush-up . And now, the latest classic to be redone for the big screen is Frank Oz's musical comedy Little Shop Of Horrors.
According to Deadline, Greg Berlanti is already signed on to direct, developing the new version of the movie from a script penned by Matthew Robinson, who most recently wrote upcoming action comedy Monster Trucks. Best known for creating the Arrowverse (which includes shows such as The Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow and of course, Arrow), as well as Supergirl, Berlanti is certainly no stranger to adapting existing material for a new audience.
His outing will reportedly provide "a fresh take" on the 1986 film about mild-mannered flower shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis), who inadvertently becomes the caregiver of a flytrap-esque plant that feeds on human flesh. Evil and hellbent on taking over the world, the plant – named Audrey II – manipulates Seymour into killing people in order to help it stay alive. Alongside Moranis, Ellen Greene, John Candy, Bill Murray and Steve Martin starred.
While this is the title that Berlanti is going to base his movie on, the Eighties film wasn't the first Little Shop Of Horrors. The original incarnation was an off-Broadway stage show from director Roger Corman and writer Howard Ashman, and the story went on to become the inspiration for the 1960 film of the same name starring Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph and Mel Welles.
Before he is due to start production on Little Shop Of Horrors, Berlanti is set to oversee an adaptation of Becky Albertalli's young adult novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. The story centres on a closeted gay teenager, who receives an email one day demanding that he play wingman for the class clown, or else his sexuality will be revealed to the whole school.
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