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MTV Remakes 'Rocky Horror Picture Show'

on August 22, 2008 - 11:38am

Tim Curry
Look at him. Perfection. The epitome of sauciness. No one could hold a candle to Tim Curry as Frank-N-Furter. It's unthinkable that someone would even try to reinvent the iconic character on screen a second time. I mean, who would be that stupid?

MTV. MTV is that stupid. MTV who packages cool like it was cheaply made fake tanning cream (it's just like an authentic tan, except it costs more, and makes you orange and totally lame).

Only MTV, in partnership with producers from Fox Television Studios (another seemingly endless creator of American mainstream television trash), could look at a cult classic and think "Hey, I am sure we can make some money off someone else's genius by completely bastardizing the original and turning it into our pre-packaged, mindless fame machine, hack-filled product". Considering the fact that the success of the Rocky Horror Picture Show was a fluke made possible by underground followings, what makes them think they can generate the same type of fan base and financial windfall that has taken 30 years to accumulate?

According to Variety, Lou Adler (the original executive producer) is hoping it will be ready to air on television for Halloween 2009. Adler announced that he will be using the original screenplay by Richard O'Brien (the original Riff Raff) and Jim Sharman, but with some added music not in the original.

And how does O'Brien feel about this? Here's what he had to say in an interview with BBC News:

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.

I wrote the book, the music and the lyrics. Where are they going to get the songs from? Who's going to do that? That's a bit strange isn't it?

Stop the Remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Strange indeed, especially since O'Brien has clearly indicated that he does not approve of the project. Barry Bostwick (the original Brad Majors) was equally unimpressed with the concept, and Susan Sarandon (the original Janet Weiss) just thinks it's a waste of time.

I did a quick search online to see what the consensus is amongst fans. Petitions (though futile) are popping up around the web (like the one linked to the image on the right - I should warn you that there is strong language used).

The pendulum then swings to the frightening blogs where people are putting together their 'dream cast' suggestions: Kelly Osbourne as Columbia. Mylie Cyrus as Janet. Can you hear my screams?

I hate MTV.

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