GLEE Creator Ryan Murphy Circles a Remake of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

     October 18, 2010


Glee creator Ryan Murphy tapped the iconic/iconoclastic 1975 musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show for an upcoming episode, but the manic entertainment may be too much to contain in your puny television set.  According to Deadline, Fox 2000 is courting Murphy to direct a Rocky Horror remake, with Peter Chernin (Rise of the Apes) and Lou Adler (the original Rocky Horror) producing.

Murphy hasn’t signed yet, but he should have plenty of leverage.  Glee is the highest-rated scripted show on the air (trailing only football), and he’s coming off this summer’s profitable Julia Roberts starrer Eat, Pray, Love.  He should be a good match for the material, in the sense that both Glee and Rocky Horror are kitchen-sink musicals with a twisted sense of humor.

Hit the jump for background information on the original.

the_rocky_horror_picture_show_imageThe 1975 film was adapted from the British stage musical The Rocky Horror Show.  Here’s a synopsis:

If a musical sci-fi satire about an alien transvestite named Frank-n-Furter, who is building the perfect man while playing sexual games with his virginal visitors, sounds like an intriguing premise for a movie, then you’re in for a treat. Not only is The Rocky Horror Picture all this and more, but it stars the surprising cast of Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick (as the demure Janet and uptight Brad, who get lost in a storm and find themselves stranded at Frank-n-Furter’s mansion), Meat Loaf (as the rebel Eddie), Charles Gray (as our criminologist and narrator), and, of course, the inimitable Tim Curry as our “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania.” [Amazon]


The film was a flop upon its release, but has since achieved an astounding cult status, grossing $100+ million over the last three decades in theatrical release.  Via Wikipedia:

Still in limited release 35 years after its premiere, it has the longest-running theatrical release in film history. It gained notoriety as a midnight movie in 1977 when audiences began participating with the film in theatres. Rocky Horror is the first film from a major Hollywood studio to be in the midnight movie market. The motion picture has a large international following and is one of the most well known and financially successful midnight movies of all time.


A Murphy-directed Rocky Horror actually sounds pretty terrible to this writer, though I don’t know if I have a better suggestion.  Maybe John Cameron Mitchell?  (Maybe don’t make it?)

Let’s do”The Time Warp” again, shall we?

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