Originally a musical, Frank Oz directed an adaptation of the off-Broadway comedy in 1986 and it has since become a cult classic. Steve Martin made famous the role of Scrivello, a twisted dentist who gets joy from delivering pain to his patients and gets his own musical number with the song “Dentist!” The musical itself is based on the 1960 black and white film “The Little Shop of Horrors” directed by Roger Corman.
The main protagonist of the story is Seymour, a florist who works under the thumb of Mr. Mushnik but is also secretly in love with Audrey, the girlfriend of the sadistic Scrivello. His life turns upside down when he discovers a Venus flytrap that demands to be fed human blood and eventually humans themselves.
The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Visual Effects and Best Original Song. It was also Golden Globe nominated in the Best Comedy/Musical category but lost to Woody Allen’s “Hannah and Her Sisters.”
The new big-screen take of “Little Shop of Horrors” will be directed by Emmy Award nominee Greg Berlanti (“Political Animals”) who previously directed the romantic comedy “Love, Simon” in 2018.
Emmy Award winner Billy Porter (“Pose”) has already signed up to the project, with Golden Globe winner Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”) and Academy Award nominee Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”) also circling leading roles. The Hollywood Reporter say it is unclear as of yet whether a deal has been agreed with the actors yet, who has been in talks to play Seymour and Audrey respectively.
If Evans and Johansson do sign up to the project, it will mark the ninth collaboration between the pair, who have previously worked on six Marvel films together as well as the comedies “The Perfect Score” and “The Nanny Diaries.” Evans recently starred in the Academy Award nominated film “Knives Out,” which is set to get a sequel.
Marc Platt, Sarah Schechter, and Berlanti will produce the project, which is set to begin shooting this summer.