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  Russell Brand as Frank-N-Furter?
Posted by: Christine on Aug 18th, 2008 2 Comments »

 width=The rumor is that British comedian Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) is the favorite to play Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the upcoming remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Tim Curry played the part of the transsexual transvestite scientist in the original film and was spectacular. Brand was funny in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but I’m not sure he can do the Rocky Horror role justice. Then again, I don’t have much faith in the remake to begin with.

Anyone think Brand can fill Tim Curry’s enormous high heels?

  Did You Ever Have a Doubt?
Posted by: Christine on Aug 15th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

Original Rocky Horror Picture Show writer (and director and star) Richard O’Brien is not involved in the MTV-funded remake, nor will he give it his blessing. This really shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. O’Brien created Rocky Horror and MTV wants to re-create it and even (horror of all horrors) add new music.

O’Brien spoke with BBC News and says:

I have no view on whether it should be remade but it doesn’t have my blessing…I’m not co-producing it and I won’t be involved in any way. The first I heard about it was when people sent me cuttings from US papers.

Sadly, I have a feeling that the lack of the original creator’s blessing isn’t going to stop this film from being made.

  Why, Oh Why, Oh Why?
Posted by: Christine on Jul 24th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

Various sources are reporting that MTV has optioned the rights to remake the classic cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is possibly the worst move MTV has made since they stopped broadcasting music videos 24/7. Rocky Horror isn’t just some movie that can be remade. It’s an event. It’s a bonding experience. You either get it or you don’t. My husband hates it. My college roommates and I bonded over the love of the movie. I grew up watching it with my Mom and Aunt (who were both at the 10th Anniversary showing in New York City) and making toast, grabbing rolls of toilet paper, and remembering when to yell “Slut!”

There is no way that MTV can make a good movie out of this. No one could play Dr. Frank-N-Furter like Tim Curry. His performance was nothing short of iconic. It’d be like suggesting someone else play Pennywise in a remake of Stephen King’s It. The two roles – hell, the two movies – rely on Curry’s talent to make them what they are.

On the other hand, while there are probably actors or unknowns that could step in to play Brad and Janet (originally played by Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon), MTV will undoubtedly cast Zac Efron or someone else equally ridiculous as the clueless Brad and Jaime Lynn Spears (fresh from breastfeeding) to play the not-so-innocent Janet. Ugh – gag.

For the first time, I’m finding myself wishing for a writers/actors/producers/cameramen strike just so this movie doesn’t get made.

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