Back in 2016 Warner Bros announced that they were planning to bring a new version of The Little Shop of Horrors Musical. Full Circle Cinema first broke the story to confirm that WB is moving ahead with the project, and Taron Egerton, who recently won a Golden Globe for his performance as Elton John in the biopic ROCKETMAN, is in talks to star in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, most likely as the character Seymour Krelborn.
Egerton previously played Seymour in a regional production at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre Youth Theatre in Aberystwyth, Wales in 2007.
If you haven’t seen or heard of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS it started out as a horror comedy that was directed by Roger Corman in 1960. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman teamed up to turn the concept into a stage musical in 1982, and director Frank Oz brought the musical to the screen with a film released in 1986. The story goes like this:
Meek flower shop assistant Seymour pines for co-worker Audrey. During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store. After Seymour feeds Audrey’s boyfriend, Orin, to the plant after Orin’s accidental death, he must come up with more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant.
Back in October it was reported that Lady Gaga was up for the role of Audrey, but Collider entertainment reporter Jeff Sneider provides the update that the role has now been offered to Scarlett Johansson. Sneider also confirms something else we heard in October, that Billy Porter is the top choice to provide the voice of Audrey II.
I love the LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, I grew up watching the 1986 movie, and I’m also excited for this new version that may be coming to the screen.
When this project was first announced, it was said that Greg Berlanti would be directing from a screenplay by Matthew Robinson.