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Joseph Gordon-Levitt looking at 'Little Shop of Horrors' remake

May 04, 2012|By Jamie Wetherbe
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles…)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Warner Bros. are in talks for a movie remake of "Little Shop of Horrors"  -- with the help of some Broadway heavyweights behind the scenes.

In addition to developing the film, Gordon-Levitt could star as Seymour, the lonely, lovable florist's assistant who raises a giant alien plant motivated by sarcasm, song and human blood.

Marc Platt, the producer behind Broadway and Hollywood hits including the blockbuster musical "Wicked" and the critically acclaimed film "Drive," is producing the reboot. Playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, whose credits include "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" and the hit singing sitcom "Glee," is penning the script.

"Little Shop of Horrors" has switched from screen to stage and back a few times during the last five decades. The story started as a low-budget 1960 film and in 1982 was reworked into an off-Broadway musical comedy by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman. The show earned a Broadway revival in 2003 and toured the U.S. and Britain.

Fans probably most remember director Frank Oz's version of "Little Shop of Horrors," a 1986 film starring Rick Moranis as the nerdy florist and Steve Martin as the sadist dentist. Ellen Greene, who originated the role of Audrey in the '82 musical, again played Seymour's lispy love interest.

Perhaps this time around Zooey Deschanel would play the bombshell looking for love opposite Gordon-Levitt -- the pair has already made sweet music, films and viral videos together.

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