Greg Berlanti is moving from DC superheroes to man-eating plants that can sing.
The man behind The CW powerhouses like Arrow and The Flash will reboot the 1986 musical Little Shop of Horrors – a project that actually came to life as a straightforward 1960 science-fiction thriller by Roger Corman.
Berlanti will direct the film, commissioning a new script from Matthew Robinson, who crafted the story behind Nickelodeon Films’ upcoming Monster Trucks. And for fans of the original musical, Berlanti’s take will be different, according to Deadline.
This one will be a musical, a fresh version of the 30-year-old Frank Oz-directed film. That was based on the Roger Corman-directed 1960 low-budget sci-fi campy tale about a clumsy young man who raises a plan, discovers it is carnivorous, and kills to keep it fed.
The 1960 version starred Jonathan Haze as Seymour and Jackie Joseph as his love interest, Audrey. After writer Howard Ashman created the musical for an off-Broadway run, the starring roles went to Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene.
While Berlanti may be best known for his superhero work – he also is credited as the creator behind DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl – he does boast a broader resume. He created a few short-lived dramas, primarily for one of The CW’s predecessors, The WB, like Everwood. He also created Eli Stone for ABC about a lawyer with a brain aneurysm that causes him to see visions, and later the modern super-family comedy No Ordinary Family with Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz.
Berlanti is about to debut his latest series on The CW, a different take on the Archie comics called Riverdale, which is set to premiere Jan. 26.
Warner Bros., which will produce the Little Shop reboot, hasn’t set any timelines for casting, filming or release quite yet.
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