O'Brien not on Rocky Horror Picture Show remake
Richard O'Brien is falling short of saying that he doesn't want his film The Rocky Horror Picture Show remade, but he is saying that he's not going to be involved with it.
The previous announcement was that the remake was going ahead with one of the original producers pushing it through Hollywood's remake machine with a huge amount of help from Sky, Fox TV and MTV.
It seems that between that original announcement and today Richard O'Brien, original creator and the man behind the character of Riff Raff, was quoted as being a producer on the remake. Well that has been crushed by the statement from O'Brien today:
“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.”
Quite right that O'Brien is steering clear of it, I had heard a rumour that they are keeping the original tracks and rewriting the story, or keeping the story and rewriting the track...I honestly can't remember which way round it was, however imagine each scenario and I can't figure out which one sounds worse.
Either way it's pretty clear cut that Richard O'Brien has no plans to be involved in this remake, something that Lou Adler and original producer who is on board the remake doesn't agree with.
“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.”
Each new endeavour and rebirth? Well there's been the stage show and the film, and the film being shown on stage, what other rebirth's have there been until now?
Between the two views lies the original co-writer and director Jim Sharman. According to the quote on the BBC, which my good wife brought to my attention, he can see both sides of the coin, and I'm sure he's right.
“The original has some qualities that can't be reproduced but a remake could have its own very different strengths and qualities.”
The original does have a lot that can't be reproduced, however I can't see what strengths a remake could have. I can see where a modern day musical could go if they returned right to the beginning and started with an original idea, but to me that spells Repo! The Genetic Opera.
No, let's abandon this silly idea of remaking it, and the involvement of MTV just chills me to the core. Remember, if you're not part of the solution MTV, you're part of the problem.