Little Shop of Horrors Remake Being Directed by DCTV’s Greg Berlanti

Little Shop of Horrors Remake Being Directed by DCTV's Greg Berlanti
Rick Moranis in Little Shop of Horrors Little Shop of Horrors Remake Being Directed by DCTVs Greg Berlanti

Bill Murray and Steve Martin also appeared in minor roles in the 1986 Little Shop of Horrors movie, with R&B legend Levi Stubbs memorably providing the voice of the monster plant, Audrey II. The plant itself was a famously elaborate full-sized mechanical puppet that required 60 operators at its largest scale (one ton in weight) and a unique filming process, wherein human actors had to move and deliver their lines in slow-motion in order to “match” the puppet’s movements and dialogue being artificially sped-up in post-production. It is unknown whether the new film will feature a similar practical Audrey II, or opt for CGI instead.

The original play was conceived by musician Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, whose songs and script were re-used for the film. However, while the original dark ending of the play (where the plant eventually wins and an army of monster plants begin an all-out global assault on humanity) was shot, the expensive sequence was originally scrapped by the studio and replaced with a happy ending, after test audiences reacted negatively. Considered famously “lost” for decades, the footage was restored for a 2012 DVD release.

We’ll keep you updated on The Little Shop of Horrors as more information becomes available.


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