The iconic musical will be getting the remake treatment courtesy of Warner Bros. and director Greg Berlanti.
While Berlanti hasn’t exactly been successful lately with his big screen endeavours (he wrote Green Lantern and directed Life As We Know It), he has been having much more success in television with DC shows The Flash and Arrow. Now he’s going to give cinema another try, with Warner Bros. bringing him on to direct a new Little Shop Of Horrors - which producer Marc Platt has been trying to get going since at least 2012.
Though the musical version, brought to the big screen by Frank Oz, is the most well-known version, the story originates from Roger Corman’s 1960 original about florist assistant Seymour and the plant he cultivated with a taste for human flesh. Named ‘Audrey II’ after the girl he’s crushing on, Seymour has to keep the carnivorous plant fed to keep it from making a meal of him.
Matthew Robinson of The Invention Of Lying is currently writing the script, which will still be a musical - though it’s not clear yet whether all of the songs are being kept in, nor whether the film will take the darker ending that the stage play used or keep the revised version that the 1986 film used after test audience complaints. We’ll keep you posted as more details emerge.