Little Shop Of Horrors reboot nabs Arrow showrunner as director

Greg Berlanti is set to direct a Little Shop Of Horrors remake

If you have watched any kind of superhero TV at all, then you will no doubt be familiar with the work of Greg Berlanti.

As executive producer/showrunner on Arrow, The Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow and Supergirl, Berlanti has played a massive part in shaping the superhero TV landscape – and perhaps even the cinematic one too in a way, with the introduction of the Suicide Squad in Arrow arguably helping to pave their way for their introduction on the big screen.

Anyway, we digress. While his directorial output has been relatively limited to romantic comedies The Broken Hearts Club and Life As We Know It (although he is currently still attached to Booster Gold, another DC Comics property), he has been handed another tasty-looking project in the form of a Little Shop Of Horrors remake.

According to a report on Deadline, Berlanti is set to direct the film and Matthew Robinson (The Invention Of Lying) is writing the script. Marc Platt and Sarah Schechter are acting as producer and executive producer respectively.

Steve Martin being awful and brilliant in Frank Oz's 1986 version.
Steve Martin being awful and brilliant in Frank Oz’s 1986 version.

Little Shop Of Horrors tells the story of a down-on-his-luck florist who attempts to win the heart of his colleague and make the big time by growing an usual new plant. Compost quickly hits the fan, however, when it turns out this his new Venus flytrap-esque organism is carnivorous and needs to eat blood to grow.

Based on the stage musical of the same name by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman (which in turn was based on the non-musical but still campy 1960 low-budget sci-fi directed by Roger Corman), Berlanti’s version will be Little Shop Of Horrors musical’s second film adaptation. The first was of course the 1986 version directed by Frank Oz, and starring Rick Moranis as Seymour Krelborn, Ellen Greene as Audrey and Steve Martin as Orin Scrivello, DDS.

Little Shop Of Horrors don’t have a release date yet, but you can buy Frank Oz’s version on Blu-ray and DVD from Amazon.co.uk. Get all the latest science fiction news with every issue of SciFiNow.