He’s already putting together Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which we reported yesterday has Jurassic World’s Nick Robinson attached to star, and now he’s got another movie in development, a new version of Little Shop Of Horror. The film will be a musical, presumably using the classic songs by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken from their 1982 stage version, which became a movie starring Rick Moranis. (Oddly though, the Deadline story that first reported the news doesn’t 100% specify it’ll be the Menken/Askman music).
Little Shop started out as a low budget 1960 Roger Corman b-movie, about a young man who comes across an unusual plant. However, it turns out the plant is carnivorous and wants human flesh, and so the man begins to kill to feed it. He gains fame for his emornos flora, but has to murder to get it. The 1980s musical added plenty of great 50s style tune, with the plant gaining a wisecracking, mischievous voice, courtesy of Levi Stubbs.
Matthew Robinson is writing the script for the movie, although there’s no info on when we might see it. Although the 80s version is brilliant and even now has special effects that are truly astonishing, it’ll be interesting to see what a new version might be like.