An ever growing list of classic films are getting the (re)boot in 2016 and beyond, and now there's one more to add to the list: The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be getting redone this Halloween.
Whatttt? How can they do that to a classic like 'Rocky Horror'!? I hear you cry. But maybe this new production, starring Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-n-Furter and Victoria Justice as Janet, doesn't have to be as bad as all that. After all, if RHPS is actually as wild and entertaining a story as we believe it is, then there should be plenty of room to redevelop those same classic characters and iconic scenes, right?
Here are 5 reasons why it's okay to come in out of the storm and get excited about the new Rocky Horror Picture Show.
1. It Was Originally A Stage Musical
Before Jim Sharman directed the film we know and love today way back in 1975, The Rocky Horror Show had already existed for two years as a stage musical. It was performed all over London, LA and New York (including Broadway) before ultimately getting adapted for the silver screen. And since then, there have been thousands more versions — professional and amateur — across the world.
That means there have been countless different Dr. Frank-n-Furters, Janets, Brads, Rockys and so on, not to mention the film fans that have donned the bustier and fishnets themselves.
Plus this new RHPS isn't just a regular movie, it's a live, made-for-TV adaptation of a stage musical. Therefore, it's almost certain to be packed with the kind of energy and excitement unique to live theater.
2. Grease Live Was Surprisingly Good
Remember?? We asked ourselves: Who else but Stockard Channing could make us sympathize so deeply with the high school mean girl? But look how that turned out. Vanessa Hudgens blew our minds and moved us to tears with her heartfelt rendition of "There Are Worse Things I Could Do," and the rest of the cast nailed their parts, too.
3. It's A Great Excuse To Throw A Party
I should hope this one would be obvious, but it's worth mentioning anyway. Be honest — how closely do you actually pay attention to the movie at an RHPS viewing? If you're lucky, it'll dissolve into drinking, giggling and chucking rice and glitter at each other by "Hot Patootie."
4. Laverne Cox Rox
If you haven't seen Orange Is The New Black, first of all, go do that. I'll wait. Then revel in the awesomeness that is the 6'1" black transgender goddess Laverne Cox. Check out the inspiring words of wisdom she shared with the grads of the New School in NYC this year:
Laverne Cox slays as Sophia on Orange Is The New Black, and she totally gets just how important RHPS is to the fans:
"'Rocky Horror' is sacred to people. It's the longest-running movie in theater history, in movie history. For 41 years, people have been going to midnight showings and dressing up, and there's been shadow casts all over the world. It means so much to so many people."
And she's seriously putting her all into this one:
"I gave 250 percent, and I hope people like what we came up with."
5. Tim Curry's Going To Be In It!
If the original Dr. F from Broadway, London, and the movie has given this show his stamp of approval enough to play the narrator, who am I to argue?