Several things about this remake tell me that it indeed looks promising as a tribute to the original. Lou Adler, the original producer, is returning to co-produce Rocky Horror along with Kenny Ortega (Hocus Pocus) and Gail Berman (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, contributed to Firefly). The involvement of people who were crucial to the original work is generally a good sign, right? Speaking of the original, Tim Curry, AKA Dr. Frank N. Furter in the 1975 film, returns to the screen as The Criminologist. Frank was such an iconic role for Curry, I can't imagine he'd want to be involved in a film that doesn't do the original RHPS legacy justice.
1. Fishnets, Glitter, and Leather
2. Similar Soundtrack
Of course, any list of my desires regarding a remake of RHPS would be absolutely barren without taking a minute to discuss the soundtrack. Let me introduce, if I may, *cue criminologist voice* a song that you've probably heard at a wedding or a school dance even if you've never heard of Rocky Horror before.
Although the rest of the soundtrack is sprinkled through modern pop culture, Time Warp is arguably the most recognizable track. I'd also like to mention that Meat Loaf's career got a kick start due to his feature as Eddie in this film. His involvement in Rocky Horror Picture Show influenced the sound of some of his later work. In the remake, Eddie is set to be portrayed by the one and only Adam Lambert. I'll let you in on a secret: I love Adam Lambert. He's quirky, theatrical, and absolutely loves the source material that the original film provides. This gives me great hope that the revived soundtrack could indeed be a wonderful tribute as well as provide an original twist to keep things interesting.
3. A Continuation of the Legacy
Seeing as this film is just over 40 years old, it's safe to say that the fact that we're getting a Rocky Horror Picture Show remake in the first place shows that it already has quite the legacy. Glee themed an episode around the controversy regarding a school production of RHPS. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (both film and novel) featured the revival and continuation midnight showings and reenactments seen in the 1990s and early 2000s. Most parents and grandparents that came of age in the 1970s and 1980s have some recollection of participating in a midnight showing or two. To explain my reference to midnight showings, as an initial release Rocky Horror didn't fare well; after that it reached a cult following as the film was shown at midnight along with people reenacting the film as it played with a lot of audience participation.
I've never been able to attend as most weekly midnight showings dried up by the time I was of age to take part. A local theater shows the film every Halloween, and I hope to finally participate this year. My hope is that this remake kindles an interest in theater as well as b-films in a new generation. I also hope that tradition is continued and most of all that people take this as an opportunity to let loose and reminisce with their families about their memories of the original film. Here's a teaser for the remake.
What are your hopes for this remake?