Many of us really, really don’t enjoy remakes. There’s good reason for that, as most remakes are absolutely stomach turning and very few manage to do what one may expect from a remake: improve upon the original. Will the new FOX adaptation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show be that rare gem that defies the odds and accomplishes the near-impossible? Rocky Horror creator, Richard O’Brien certainly doesn’t think so.
While chatting with thisiscabaret.com, O’Brien pretty much defecated all over the remake, without wasting any breath or vocal energy. The man kept it short and sweet, and short or not, you won’t be confused by O’Brien’s message.
“I think that it is a project that is misconceived and (sadly for the players) badly cast,” O’Brien states. “The producer and director seem to have missed the point entirely. I will say no more as I may be tempted to say too much.”
Well, so much for glowing praise and positive co-signatures from the writer/creator of this beloved classic.
We’d love to voice our opinion on the remake, but since it features the work of the transgender Laverne Cox, we can’t do that, whether we’ve got anything to say about her specific involvement or not. If the Ghostbusters remake has taught us anything, it’s that we’re definitely not entitled to an opinion on a film if it features the work of anything other than a male performer. We don’t want to be hung out to dry and accused of who-knows-what just because we’re not insane about a picture’s cast.
Speaking of the cast, the new television special stars the aforementioned Cox (Orange is the New Black) as the iconic Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Reeve Carney (Penny Dreadful) as Riff Raff, Victoria Justice (Fun Size) as Janet, Ryan McCartan (Summer Forever) as Brad, Adam Lambert (of American Idol fame) as Eddie and Staz Nair (Game of Thrones) as Rocky Horror.
The show will air on FOX this Fall.
Synopsis: A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.