After spending the past six years developing and producing hit shows such as Arrow and Blindspot, filmmaker Greg Berlanti is returning to the big screen. The filmmaker is set to direct a new reboot of Little Shop of Horrors, which will be a musical, like the 1986 classic directed by Frank Oz. The story first originated on the big screen with Roger Corman's 1960 cult classic, before it was re-imagined as an off-Broadway musical by Howard Ashman, who wrote the screenplay adaptation for the 1986 film.
Deadline reports that this will be a "fresh version" of the 1986 musical, which will be written by Matthew Robinson (The History of Lying). The original story followed a young man named Seymour, who works at a flower store. He takes a plant home to raise as his own, only to discover that it feeds on human flesh, forcing Seymour to kill others in order to keep his plant alive. The original 1960 film featured one of the earliest film performances from Jack Nicholson, who played Arthur Force, a dental patient in a lot of pain. That role was taken by Bill Murray in the 1986 musical version.
Warner Bros. was previously developing this cult classic remake back in 2012, when Carrie and Evil Dead remake writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was writing the script, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt being eyed to star. Marc Platt, who was attached to produce back in 2012, is still attached to produce, with Greg Berlanti's producing partner Sarah Schechter serving as executive producer. No details were given about how similar or different this new story will be, when compared to the 1986 musical adaptation.
This film marks Greg Berlanti's first directorial outing since the 2010 romantic comedy Life As We Know It, which starred Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. Earlier this year, he became attached to develop and direct a Booster Gold movie, which will not be set within the DC Extended Universe. The filmmaker/producer has been keeping plenty busy on the small screen by developing Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl for The CW, along with the network's mid-season series Riverdale and NBC's Blindspot. All four of his superhero shows recently took part in an unprecedented crossover event on The CW, which was received quite well by the fans. He has also produced shows such as No Ordinary Family, The Tomorrow People and Polticial Animals, and he also produced Warner Bros. 2011 Green Lantern movie.
Writer Matthew Robinson co-wrote and co-directed the 2009 comedy The Invention of Lying alongside Ricky Gervais. He also wrote Jerked and has a story credit on Paramount's upcoming "creature feature" Monster Trucks, starring Lucas Till and Jane Levy, which hits theaters on January 13, 2017. He also wrote the upcoming In Search of Humans for 20th Century Fox, producer Peter Chernin and director Wes Ball. Marc Platt produced The Girl On the Train, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and the upcoming La La Land. Hopefully we'll hear more about Little Shop of Horrors in the very near future.