Over 40 years ago in the west end of London, Patrons were introduced to a new type of play. One that told the story of a loving couple having their car break down in front of an old castl. When they walked through the doors, they were thrust into a world of transexuality, pansexuality, and sexual liberation. With cast interactions and crowd interjection alongside a story addressing topics that, in the 1970s, were considered taboo, a cult classic was born. Rocky Horror Picture Show has enticed and entertained audiences for four decades in performance and movie theaters... and now it's moving to primetime television!
Fox has announced that in 2016, they will be airing a two-hour reboot of Richard O'Brien classic. Emmy award-winning Director Kenny Ortega, of High School Musical and This Is It, will breathe life again into the 1975 film, Rocky Horror Picture Show. Yesterday, they announced who would star in the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, who was famously portrayed by the great Tim Curry in the 1975 movie adaption.
Laverne Cox, the Emmy-nominated from the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, will bring her own quirks and talents to the "Sweet Transvestite" who breathes life blonde, tan, and strong Rocky Horror. Cox is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role in a scripted television series. Though her role in Orange is the New Black is more sincere and emotional, Cox has shown that she does have the comedic timing to play this role correctly.
But one question still remains: Does Rocky Horror Picture Show need a remake? It is one of the most loved musicals throughout the history of pop culture, being featured in films such as Perks of Being a Wallflower and Halloween II and TV shows like Glee and That 70s Show. It's low-budget, campy style is endearing to all who watch it, and also allows it to transcends generations. Not only that, but the shadow-cast, people who perform alongside the movie live, allows people to from a community around a movie that is adored by most of the people who watch it. But isn't time to breathe more life and personality into a musical that is loved by most?
Personally, I don't think a remake of such an engrossing and enjoyable piece of cinema needs a remake, but I'm excited none the less. The fact that such an absurd and quirky musical still has such a strong influence today, enough so that major players in the industry would like to pay homage to it I find incredible. I can't wait to see what Laverne Cox brings to the part, and I'll be waiting with antici...
Are you ready for the Rocky Horror Reboot?