We reported back in December that Warner Bros. Pictures is moving forward with a new incarnation of Little Shop of Horrors, with Greg Berlanti set to direct and Matthew Robinson writing the script.
This one will also be a musical, a fresh version of the 30-year old Frank Oz-directed film that starred Rick Moranis as a clumsy young man who raises a plant, discovering it is carnivorous and kills to keep it fed. That remake, also starring Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, and Steven Martin, was based on the Roger Corman-directed 1960 low budget sci-fi campy tale.
Being that it’s going to be a musical, I think it’s safe to assume this one isn’t for the majority of Bloody Disgusting readers. The casting rumors won’t help either. The studio is circling Josh Gad and Rebel Wilson to lead the film in the roles of Seymour and Audrey, roles played in the 1986 film by Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene, respectively, says ThatHashtagShow. The site adds that the duo are “interested” although there are no commitments.
I’m actually quite a huge fan of Gad, who was part of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s “Book of Mormon” before starring in Disney’s Frozen and Beauty and the Beast. Wilson is also a nice choice for a revival, especially being that she’s starred in all of the Pitch Perfect films.
The bummer is that it’s pretty clear they aren’t targeting genre fans but at least we can keep our expectations in check if they were to move in this direction. Watch for official news as it breaks.