According to the BBC news story below, there is going to be a remake of the film version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show!
How/why on Earth could they / would they?!
The tacky cheapness of it all defines not only the movie, but also the musical and it’s original, and current, roots! The scripting, the audience participation that, by virtue of the fans, has arisen for the original and the staging were already pure perfection!
It doesn’t sound like a cinematic release, however I’m sure that it will be played continuously on Sky and MTV before being repeated several times on the mainstream digital channels.
Will I be surprised and find that I really enjoy the remake (after all, I had said you could never remake Hairspray and look what happened!)? I see, dear reader, that you shiver with antici...
** IMPORTANT EDIT ** – the BBC have now posted a ** new news story ** in update to their previous article (below) to say that Richard O’Brien DOES NOT support the new film, and in fact is very angry over it. Bad reporting by Sky it would seem (no surprises there then!)!
Cult musical film The Rocky Horror Picture Show is to be remade 33 years after it was first released, it has been announced.
The film, which will be co-financed by Sky Movies in the UK and MTV in the US, is to be co-produced by Rocky Horror creator Richard O’Brien.
The original 1975 film, starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Meat Loaf, has become a kitsch classic.
The cast and director of the new version are yet to be announced.
The plot revolves around young American couple Brad and Janet who accidentally stumble into a strange world of alien transvestites and overt sexuality.
Lou Adler, executive producer on the original film, will return in the same role.
Our hope has always been that each new endeavour and rebirth will expose the Rocky Horror experience to new audiences and expand the fan baseExecutive producer Lou Adler
“The Rocky Horror phenomenon has a life of its own that has reincarnated itself in numerous ways since its birth,” he said.
“Our hope has always been that each new endeavour and rebirth will expose the Rocky Horror experience to new audiences and expand the fan base.”
He said the original film would continue to be enjoyed “by new fans and old alike”.
Jim Sharman, who co-wrote the original screenplay and directed the film, said: “The original has some qualities that can’t be reproduced but a remake could have its own very different strengths and qualities.”
The new film will have its UK premiere on the Sky Movies channel.
The film started life as stage show The Rocky Horror Show in 1973.
It was adapted for cinema as The Rocky Horror Picture Show two years later and has generated an enthusiastic and dedicated following.
Audiences to both the stage and screen versions are encouraged to dress up like the show’s characters.