LET’S DO THE TIME WARP, AGAIN…
Sky Movies partners with Fox TV Studios, MTV, BermanBraun and Executive Producer Lou Adler for a remake of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’
Sky Movies announced today [Wednesday, 13th August 2008] that it has signed a partnership deal to re-make one of the most popular musical films of all time – The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The film’s original executive producer, Lou Adler, has partnered with BermanBraun and Fox Television Studios to remake the cult classic for Sky Movies in the UK and MTV in the US. Cast and Director for the new version are yet to be confirmed but Adler and Gail Berman will executive produce the project, which will utilize the original screenplay by Jim Sharman and Richard O’Brien - a co-producer on the new version.
Under the terms of the deal the film will have its UK premiere exclusively on Sky Movies, who have co-financed the new production and will also be made available via Sky Player and Sky Anytime.
Lou Adler, who EP’d the original movie and will do so again for the new version said; “The Rocky Horror phenomenon has a life of its own that has reincarnated itself in numerous ways since its birth. Our hope has always been that each new endeavour and rebirth will expose the Rocky Horror Experience to new audiences and expand the fan base. Those new fans and old alike will return to the original film to enjoy and participate with the exceptional and timeless performances of Tim Curry, Richard O'Brien, Susan Sarandon and the entire cast. So here we go again, with a new cast, believing that the Sky and MTV remake will add to the Rocky Horror phenomenon...”
Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies & SBO, who finalised the deal for Sky said, “Rocky Horror is a global phenomenon with millions of devoted fans around the world. An opportunity to update the show for the 21st Century, while keeping many of the elements that made it such a success in the first place was therefore just too good to pass by. We’re very excited to be bringing this exclusively to Sky customers in the UK.”
Executive Vice President, Programming, Fox Television Studios, David Madden said, “We are honored to carry on the transgressive vision of the longest-running theatrical movie in history. Rocky Horror has been a true cultural icon for thirty-five years. It reinvented the face and look of musicals, and we’re excited to help it speak, sing, and dance to a new generation.”
The original ‘Rocky Horror’, based on Richard O’Brien’s stage production and starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Richard O’Brien, Barry Bostwick and Meatloaf has become is one of the most enduring films of the last 35 years – and indeed is considered to be the longest running theatrical release in film history. As Lou Adler explains, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show still has hundreds of local theatre casts performing with the film at every showing since its release in 1975.”
Jim Sharman who co-wrote the original screenplay and directed the movie also feels that after a run that has spanned four decades, the time is right for a new version. “The original has some qualities that can’t be reproduced” he said, “but a remake could have its own very different strengths and qualities.”