There is no way that Joseph Gordon-Levitt sleeps. In between running his own multimedia website, prepping his feature directorial debut, and starring in films from Christopher Nolan, Rian Johnson, and Steven Spielberg, the actor is now developing a remake of Little Shop of Horrors for Warner Bros. The 1960 Roger Corman movie was turned into an off-Broadway musical, which then led to another feature film adaptation in 1986 from director Frank Oz and starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin. Hit the jump for more on the redo.
Marc Platt, the producer behind the smash hit Broadway musical Wicked as well as films like Drive and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, is onboard to produce the remake. Heat Vision reports that, if all goes according to plan, Gordon-Levitt would play Seymour, the nerdy florist who cultivates a plant that craves humans for food. I’m a big fan of the quirky, strange, and incredibly fun 1986 version and I sincerely hope that Gordon-Levitt plans to keep the musical conceit.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who wrote the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and is a staff writer for Glee, has been tapped to write the script, so I’m assuming this new version will in fact be a musical. Aguirre-Sacasa is also the screenwriter behind the upcoming Carrie remake. Gordon-Levitt’s music talents aren’t exactly a secret, and though he’s poised to make his feature directorial debut soon I don’t necessarily think he’d try his hand at directing a musical this early in his career. I’m a big fan of Gordon-Levitt and this source material, so hopefully this thing comes together.