Yesterday it was announced that a new version of Little Shop of Horrors was being prepped for the big screen with Joseph Gordon-Levitt producing and perhaps starring in the role of Seymour, once portrayed by Rick Moranis in the more memorable 1986 movie (Jonathan Haze played the character in Roger Corman's 1960 version). Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Glee, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) will write the script, which we're sure will include some fun (updated) musical numbers. I'm a huge fan of this property, having seen the original off-Broadway play when I was a little kid, as well as both film versions, and so naturally news of its return has pushed me over to YouTube to dig up some of my favorite clips.
One little factoid that some folks know and some don't is that Jack Nicholson played a bit part in the Roger Corman version, which hit in 1960 and was shot over the course of 2 days (!) on the set of another movie. Nicholson played a dental patient who likes visiting the dentist a little too much, a role later portrayed by a more over-the-top Bill Murray in the 1986 movie. This was one of Nicholson's first roles, and even way back then you could see traces of the great, maniacal parts he was yet to take on. Will this role exist in the version being planned now? We hope so.
In the meantime, check out both versions below. We've also embedded the entire Roger Corman Little Shop of Horrors for those interested.
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