Joseph Gordon-Levitt Will Remake 'Little Shop of Horrors' for You

May 3, 2012

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Hollywood demands more remake blood, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is going to help provide some with a re-imagining of Little Shop of Horrors that will give the actor something to sing and dance in until Inception: Live Your Dreams! hits stages.

According to THR, Gordon-Levitt is developing the film and looking at taking the lead role of nerdy florist Seymour--Joseph Gordon-Levitt is clearly his generation's Rick Moranis--and while it's not yet clear what direction this remake will take, a musical spin seems more likely given the Broadway talent helping in the development process. Wicked's Marc Platt is producing and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a writer on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and Glee, has been brought on to script. Plus, Gordon-Levitt clearly needs to work more musical fare in with his superhero/action credits if he's going to earn the title "The Slight Hugh Jackman."

Still, the musical take is not quite a sure thing, as Little Shop of Horrors began as a song-less comedy when Roger Corman made the first version back in 1960; only in 1982 was it adapted into a musical for the off-Broadway production that would become the basis for the more famous 1986 Frank Oz film that starred Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, and Steve Martin. From that film would spawn the definitive take on the man-eating plant story: the animated FOX series in which Audrey II eats fewer humans but does rap the theme song. Don't betray this legacy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt...

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