The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a timeless classic that just turned 40-years-old. What started out onstage as a musical called The Rocky Horror Show became an iconic movie that spoke to generations. According to Deadline, Fox will be bringing back the movie in what will be called The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event.
This will be a TV adaptation of the movie that will be two hours long. It was originally considered back in 2002 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but it never happened. Now, Gail Berman will produce the remake. She is excited and spoke back in 2002 about how much of a fan of The Rocky Horror Picture Show she is.
“I’ve been a fan of Rocky Horror since I was a teenager.”
Rolling Stone reports that Laverne Cox, known for her work in Orange Is the New Black, will star in the remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Cox will play the lead role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, and she couldn’t be more thrilled.
“I am so honored to be a part of the Rocky Horror legacy.”
Deadline posted the announcement of Cox’s involvement on their Instagram account.
And in most recent news on the Rocky Horror Picture Show remake, Victoria Justice has just announced on Twitter that she will be playing the female lead role of Janet Weiss, famously played in the movie version by a very young Susan Sarandon.
So here’s my big secret: https://t.co/kKamUzLe3c I’m honored & thrilled to be playing Janet Weiss! Let’s do this Kenny Ortega & Lou Adler!
— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) January 4, 2016
— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) January 5, 2016
But some people want to be sure a remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is done right, including Lou Adler, who was the producer of the 1975 movie.
“I don’t want to do it if it’s not going to live up to the way people embraced the movie over the past 40 years. We’re not casting an original script; in a way, we’re casting ‘Tim Curry.’ So if somebody is compared to Tim, they’re going to lose.”
Adler is an executive producer for the Fox remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In addition to the remake, there has been a 40th-anniversary edition of the movie and the soundtrack released, which includes the song “Sword of Damocles,” which was not on the original soundtrack. Adler explains why.
“Peter Hinwood, who played Rocky, did not sing, so we dubbed him. It turns out that there was a version of the song that was recorded by someone from the chorus. They were playing that version in his ear for him to mimic to. And that was the soundtrack; we’ve been putting it on soundtracks for 40 years.”
In honor of the 40th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cleveland.com has presented fans with facts about the iconic movie. Many of these facts are relatively unknown for fans. For instance, when the movie was to be made, 20th Century Fox insisted that American actors be cast in the roles of Brad and Janet. Of course, the actors cast in these roles were Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon.
Another fact was that Mick Jagger wanted to play the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, but they decided to stick with Tim Curry. And who knew that the map that displayed Brad and Janet’s trip to the castle was actually a map of southeastern Ohio? Plus, apparently there is a 1981 sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, called Shock Treatment, which was set in Denton, Ohio. Who knew?
Here is a throwback trailer for The Rocky Horror Picture Show that is sure to put fans in the mood for more.
Rolling Stone reports that the original cast of the movie recently got together and talked about the movie and the impact it had on their lives. Susan Sarandon said it helped a lot of people.
“I’ve had so many people come up to me and say that film helped them through a dark time.”
Fans can only hope that Fox’s remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show lives up to the legend it has become.
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