The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be getting a television special that will be airing on FOX. It’s release will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the films release. The special will be called The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event.
The original play, simply titled The Rocky Horror Show, was released in 1973 and was written by Richard O’Brien. The show was adapted into a movie in 1975 and featured O’Brien as Riff Raff. It originally featured Tim Curry, Meat Loaf, Barry Bostwick, and Susan Sarandon. This will be a remake of the original film, using the original script written by O’Brien and Jim Sharman. It will feature the original music numbers, but have a re-imagined modern look. The original film is considered a cult classic and still enjoys midnight screenings across the country.
Kenny Ortega is the man behind this new television special. He will be executive producing, directing, as well as choreographing. The special will be filmed and not shown live, unlike the Grease musical, starring Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens, that will also air on FOX. The Rocky Horror Picture Show special coming to FOX will be produced by original producers Gail Berman and Lou Adler. Berman will be producing the show through Jackal Group along with 21st Century Fox. The special is still in the early stages of development, so far there has been no potential casting details.
This is FOX’s latest revival effort. FOX will be reviving 24 with Kiefer Sutherland as well as the network confirming the return of the X-Files with Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. FOX’s Glee did a tribute show to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which was well received by critics.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been playing in theaters everywhere for the last 40 years, and is by far the longest theatrical distribution release in history. When cult films are mentioned The Rocky Horror Picture Show is usually the first film that comes to mind. The show not only has continuing live shows, but theaters all over the country air midnight screenings of the cult classic. The midnight releases typically feature amateur actors acting out the scenes in front of the screen while the movie plays. With the iconic roles in the movie, especially Curry’s portrayal of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the film seems as though it will be incredibly difficult to cast.
Although tame by today’s standards, the film may have to try to avoid some of it’s more sexual content. The remake will contain all of the original dialogue, so their will be no new writers credited in the remake. The film would probably avoid an R rating today, but it was quite controversial during its initial release. Fans of the original cult classic may have mixed feelings about The Rocky Horror Picture Show getting a television special. Many believe that the movie is an untouchable classic that should be just left alone. Hopefully, the remake will capture the spirit of the original production and please both die-hard fans as well as bring in a new audience.
Opinion By James Dixson
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