Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Little Shop of Horrors Remake?

The Dark Knight Rises star would take over Rick Moranis's old role in the classic homicidal plant musical.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


The next step in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's plan for total world domination? Musicals. Yes, as you may have guess from the headline (clever you), the star of Looper and The Dark Knight Rises has been connected to a remake of Little Shop of Horrors, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's 1982 musical adaptation of Roger Corman's 1960 horror film which was in turn adapted into a musical movie in 1986 starring Rick Moranis and directed by Frank Oz. Everyone get all that? Good, because we're not repeating it. Joseph Gordon-Levitt will develop and potentially star in the remake under producer Marc Platt, who also produced Wanted and Legally Blonde. Now there's a resume.

Heat Vision broke the news of the remake, which could potentially get many of the diehard Little Shop fans upset if Joseph Gordon-Levitt was so universally beloved. Curiously enough, the news item doesn't specifically mention that the new Little Shop of Horrors would be an adaptation of the Broadway musical, and not a straight up retelling of the original film. Given the fact that Marc Platt also produced the hit broadway musical Wicked, we're all kind of assuming they're going the song-and-dance route. Now if Joseph Gordon-Levitt can just get his (500) Days of Summer and occasional YouTube co-star Zooey Deschanel in the film as Audrey, it will be every hipster's dream come true. 

The screenplay for Little Shop of Horrors will be adapted by Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa, the man responsible for rewriting the troubled production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and Kimberly Peirce's upcoming Carrie remake with Chloe Grace Moretz. There's no director attached to the project yet, but we imagine the short list looks something like this: "Tim Burton, Tim Burton, Tim Burton, James Bobin, Tim Burton."

If the film gets off the ground, Joseph Gordon-Levitt would play Seymour Krelborn, an extremely mild-mannered florist whose attempts to raise a rare plant turn homicidal after he discovers it can only survive on human blood. The original film is famous for being shot in only two days, and for a memorable early performance from Jack Nicholson, playing an enthusiastically sado-masochistic dentist. Steve Martin would later take on that same role in the 1986 musical version, and contributing one of the musical's most-beloved songs.

CraveOnline will be back with more Little Shop of Horrors news after we see if our temperament's wrong for the priesthood.