Joseph Gordon-Levitt Developing LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Remake as Star Vehicle

     May 3, 2012


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.

little-shop-of-horrors-imageMarc 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.


  • Dirk

    Jack Black MUST play The Dentist. Imagine the Interplay!

  • RIC

    I too love the 86 version and look forward to this dearly. Steve Martin gets me every single time.

  • The13thDoctor

    I’m totally cool with this as long as the original ending is put back in. I used to love the 86 film as a kid but when I found out they changed to ending to a happy one I absolutely despise it now.

    It’s not that I’m a gloomy guts or anything it’s just that Little Shop is meant to be a Faustian tale. A tale about a man who makes a deal with the devil. Seymour even signs the deal in blood. Inevitably as these deals go he has to keep paying for success in blood.

    As ostensibly loveable as seymour is he is in essence a sniveling murderer opting to murder for quick success. Yes he didn’t kill the dentist but he intended to. Then he followed that up by tricking Mushink into being eaten by the plant. A character like that needs to pay and it’s poetic justice that before he dies the woman he loves dies before him.

    If JGL intends to remake it I say god bless so long as he intends to maintain the integrity of the original play, and even Corman’s original.

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