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

05.04.2012

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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?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt for SNL

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.
Source: Heat Vision

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