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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to enter The Little Shop of Horrors?

May. 4, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt can do many things very well, and if you watched the rendition he did of "Make 'Em Laugh" from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN when he hosted Saturday Night Live then you'll know that singing and dancing are definitely two of those talents.  And it seems Gordon-Levitt has at last decided to make use of them on the big screen, as he is currently developing a new movie version of the 1982 musical THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. 

LITTLE SHOP was first a movie made in 1960 by Roger Corman, but then became a musical in 1982 that was adapted for the screen by Frank Oz in 1986.  The new version will be produced by Marc Platt (WANTED, Broadway's WICKED) and scripted by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Broadway's SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK), and tell the story of "a nerdish florist [named Seymour who] finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed."  Gordon-Levitt would, of course, take on the role of Seymour if things work out.  

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If this is what Gordon-Levitt really wants to do, that's great for him. Personally, while there are plenty of musicals that I do love, LITTLE SHOP has never excited (or even interested) me in the least. Not only that, but "Suddenly Seymour" is possibly one of the most annoying songs in all of Musical Theatre history.  But at least Gordon-Levitt is continuing on his path of non-traditional Hollywood work, right?

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Extra Tidbit: Jack Nicholson has a small part in the 1960 original, playing a very masochistic dentistry patient. I find it funny how in subsequent releases of the movie Nicholson is given top billing despite his part only being a small one.
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1:40PM on 05/05/2012
The Frank Oz version is more or less perfect and a classic. Are people really chomping at the bit for this to be remade?
The Frank Oz version is more or less perfect and a classic. Are people really chomping at the bit for this to be remade?
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4:26AM on 05/05/2012
Love the movie version with Rick Moranis. They really nailed the kinda creepy vibe of 1950s american culture. I'd be interested to see what could be done with a new take on the story, but the 80s film very much had the feel of a big budget stage production, so If this version was more cinematic it could be a really interesting project.
Love the movie version with Rick Moranis. They really nailed the kinda creepy vibe of 1950s american culture. I'd be interested to see what could be done with a new take on the story, but the 80s film very much had the feel of a big budget stage production, so If this version was more cinematic it could be a really interesting project.
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2:48PM on 05/04/2012
Maybe they go with the "Fame" and "Footloose" way: update the new movie with modern pop/hiphop music. Fuck them if they do that.
Maybe they go with the "Fame" and "Footloose" way: update the new movie with modern pop/hiphop music. Fuck them if they do that.
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9:30PM on 05/04/2012
They won't. Footloose and Fame were remakes of movie musicals. The 80's Little shop was a movie version of a stage musical with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman. They wouldn't dare rewrite that.
They won't. Footloose and Fame were remakes of movie musicals. The 80's Little shop was a movie version of a stage musical with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman. They wouldn't dare rewrite that.
1:51PM on 05/04/2012
Love Levitt and I love the 80's version by Frank Oz. I'm not very supportive of this idea but at least it has JGL behind it.
Love Levitt and I love the 80's version by Frank Oz. I'm not very supportive of this idea but at least it has JGL behind it.
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1:13PM on 05/04/2012
The only way to make this relevant now is to keep the downer ending (full disclosure, I've never seen the stage version). I grew up with the Frank Oz movie, and own both that and the Corman version. I'm a fan of the story, but I don't necessarily believe it needs a redo.

Oh, and if you haven't seen Corman's movie, I highly recommend it as an example of low-budget, extremely twisted storytelling. I mean the musical's got nothing on the wacky characters in there.
The only way to make this relevant now is to keep the downer ending (full disclosure, I've never seen the stage version). I grew up with the Frank Oz movie, and own both that and the Corman version. I'm a fan of the story, but I don't necessarily believe it needs a redo.

Oh, and if you haven't seen Corman's movie, I highly recommend it as an example of low-budget, extremely twisted storytelling. I mean the musical's got nothing on the wacky characters in there.
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12:13PM on 05/04/2012
Little shop is one of the best musicals ever! And I'm hoping they stick with the original ending this time.
Little shop is one of the best musicals ever! And I'm hoping they stick with the original ending this time.
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10:37AM on 05/04/2012
Terrible, terrible idea. The movie is not even very dated. I reference this movie constantly due to the fact that the plant here looks better than the CGI in anything. Seriously. Watch it again. I feel like remaking it will only cause the effects to look worse by comparison.
Terrible, terrible idea. The movie is not even very dated. I reference this movie constantly due to the fact that the plant here looks better than the CGI in anything. Seriously. Watch it again. I feel like remaking it will only cause the effects to look worse by comparison.
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12:15PM on 05/04/2012
They know it's gotta be a puppet. That's why they made the show. They will not CGI audrey 2, I can promise that.
They know it's gotta be a puppet. That's why they made the show. They will not CGI audrey 2, I can promise that.
8:44AM on 05/04/2012

I like the casting...

Just hope they stick closer to the music of the 80s version and not the recent Broadway flop version. The music was terrible in the Broadway version.
Just hope they stick closer to the music of the 80s version and not the recent Broadway flop version. The music was terrible in the Broadway version.
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12:14PM on 05/04/2012
Are you kidding? The orchestrations in the very successful Broadway version were incredible. That cast too! Hunter Foster was fantastic and Douglas Sills owned playing Orin and Everyone else. And I hope the movie does that too. It's not to save money. It's just funny to see the same person play everything.
Are you kidding? The orchestrations in the very successful Broadway version were incredible. That cast too! Hunter Foster was fantastic and Douglas Sills owned playing Orin and Everyone else. And I hope the movie does that too. It's not to save money. It's just funny to see the same person play everything.
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