While Greg Berlanti might not have enjoyed the best of luck with big screen projects – he wrote Green Lantern (2011) and directed Life As We Know It (2010) – he has been having a lot more success on TV, especially with the DC superhero shows such as Flash and Arrow. But now news arrives via Deadline that he is set to give cinema another shot, with Warner Bros hiring him to direct a new take on Little Shop Of Horrors.
Though the musical version of the story – as brought to the stage by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman and developed into a movie by Frank Oz (1986) – is the most well known, Little Shop Of Horrors actual springs from Roger Corman's 1960 original about nerdy florist's assistant Seymour, who cultivates a plant that turns out to have a taste for human flesh and blood. Seymour has to keep the fanged flora – which he names Audrey II after the woman he has a crush on – fed, lest it turn his attention to him.
Matthew Robinson (The Invention Of Lying) is writing the script for the new movie, which will once again feature tunes, though Deadline's report on this latest take doesn't mention whether it will include all of the original music and whether it will plump for the darker stage ending or the revised finale that was shot for the 1986 version after test audiences didn't like the downbeat finish. Marc Platt (La La Land) is aboard as producer, and he has been trying to get the new take on its feet since at least 2012.