We may be getting closer to a new film adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors. The project has been in development for four years, now, having first been announced in 2016.
Greg Berlanti (Love, Simon) has been set to direct the adaptation since that first announcement, but now we’re hearing buzz about possible casting that has us sitting up and paying attention.
BroadwayWorld.com is reporting that Taron Egerton (Rocketman) and Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Endgame) are in talks to take on the roles of Seymour and Audrey, the central couple in the story. Both actors definitely have the singing and acting chops for the role, but will sign on the dotted line?
No official decisions have been made at this time, but this could certainly lend star power to the film.
The musical tells the story of a nerdy young man named Seymour who works in a flower shop with the girl of his dreams, Audrey. The shop is failing until Seymour discovers a mysterious plant. Soon, business is blooming as the plant draws in customers by the dozen, but this plant needs more than sun and water to grow, and Seymour is driven to murder to keep Audrey II big and strong.
Little Shop of Horrors began its life back in 1960 as a pulp horror film from director Roger Corman (Pit and the Pendulum) which featured a young Jack Nicholson in a supporting role as a crazed, masochistic dental patient. Later on, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman adapted the film as a musical which ran off-Broadway in the early 80s before being adapted for the screen under the direction of Frank Oz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) in 1986.
Rick Moranis (Ghostbusters) and Ellen Greene (Pushing Daisies) played the Seymour and Audrey in the film with Levi Stubbs, a member of the Four Tops, supplying the voice of Audrey II.
Broadway vet and Pose star, Billy Porter is currently a fan favorite for the voice of Audrey II for the new film.
Our only other question is which ending will they use? The musical’s original ending saw Audrey II taking over the world with its seedlings, but the ending was changed in the film when test audiences reacted badly to the main characters dying and the evil plant destroying the world.
Hopefully, these decisions will be finalized soon and Berlanti’s production of the musical will be in full-swing.
Stay tuned to iHorror as more news becomes available!