1970’s cult-classic, Rocky Horror Picture Film Event, is celebrating its 40-year-anniversity this year. Fox Television collaborates with producers to bring to life a re-made, re-inspired, 2016 version of the film. The remake proves to be a largely controversial, heavily anticipated dialogue among pop-culture news, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show (RHPS) fan kingdom. Of course, skepticism is not a surprise, as the film has inspired and maintained community enthusiasm for 40-years.
What we know so far about the film:
1. Adam Lambert is living his childhood dream:
Adam Lambert will take the role of Eddie, played by Meat Loaf in the original film.
Movie News Guide says, “Lambert has lately said that he has grown up watching the movie and had never thought in his wildest of all dreams that one day he would act in its fresh version. He continued and said, “Rocky Horror” always made him believe in the idea that one can celebrate weirdness.”
“Hallelujah, bless my soul! I love that old time rock-n-roll!,” Lambert said.
2. Lou Alder will come back… but as a co-executive producer:
UPI Entertainment reports, “Hocus Pocus and High School Musical helmer Kenny Ortega will direct, choreograph and executive produce the remake. The Rocky Horror Picture Show producer Lou Adler and The Jackal Group co-founder Gail Berman will co-executive produce.”
3. Lou Alder was originally skeptical to make the film.
Some audiences, and especially those of the original Rocky Horror fandom, are hesitant to accept a modernized version of the film, asking if it can truly capture the nature and uphold the integrity of the original film. Original producer, Lou Alder, is involved, but was originally hesitant in committing to the remake. Alder admitted to Rolling Stone, “I don’t want to do it if it’s not going to live up to the way people embraced the movie over the past 40 years,” he said. “We’re not casting an original script; in a way, we’re casting ‘Tim Curry.’ So if somebody is compared to Tim, they’re going to lose.”
4. Speaking of… Tim Curry joins as criminology narrator.
TV Line reports on a number of names from the new cast, including Tim Curry as the criminology narrator. “Curry joins previously announced cast members Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black) as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Victoria Justice (Victorious) as Janet, Ryan McCartan (Heathers: the Musical) as Brad, Adam Lambert (Glee, American Idol) as Eddie, Reeve Carney (Penny Dreadful) as Riff Raff, and Staz Nair (Game of Thrones) as Rocky.”
5. “This ain’t your grandfather’s Rocky Horror Picture Show”, says E! News.
“Laverne Cox tells me that Fox’s upcoming television remake of the cult musical will have a new look:
‘The wardrobe is not like the original,’ the Orange is the New Black star said at the Golden Globes. ‘Kenny Ortega has some ideas that I can’t talk to you about, but his vision is very fashion forward. Very ’70s. I can say that.’”