Little Shop of Horrors is one of the best musicals of all time. The soulful, silly, and surprisingly sinister off-Broadway production was an adaptation of a no-budget Roger Corman flick. The musical gained a huge cult following when a film version in 1986 was put together. A remake has been bandied about for years. Well, today gives us concrete evidence that a new version is headed to screens.
Warner Bros. has tapped Greg Berlanti to direct the film. Berlanti has become a golden child after his company’s take on the DC universe. The Arrowverse has been a resounding success and it looks like Warner Bros. wants to put Berlanti on another potentially big release. This is pitch perfect hiring. Berlanti has shown that he gets how to have bright, poppy fun that all ages can enjoy while never sacrificing the integrity of the source material. He may even get a chance to be a little darker than usual thanks to this film’s main antagonist, an ever-growing carnivorous plant from outer space named Audrey II.
Little Shop of Horrors will retain its musical numbers and style. There’s some good news on that front as well. Producer Marc Platt is also onboard and he’s currently getting lots of praise for his work on La La Land. It’s clear that Warner Bros. is taking the musical aspect of Little Shop of Horrors very seriously.
This is great news for musical fans and fans of the original film. The story is a simple but enjoyable piece of entertainment that could do with finding a modern audience. If a remake is what gets that done then have at it. No news yet on what the release frame for this will be but we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, why not enjoy one of the best songs from the original film?