Wil Wheaton is pissed off. And i can't really blame him. Some movies should probably not be remade. But the thing is... Is Rocky Horror one of them? I mean yeah, it eMpTy V, so they are likely to fuck it up, but that doesn't mean it can't be done right.
Oh, but all remakes suck anyway right? The original is always better. Of course, in the case of John Carpenter's "The Thing" the remake is more of a classic than the original, but hey, this is John Carpenter we're talkin' about... Even if I actually did prefer Rob Zombie's version of "Halloween"...
**ducks the various heavy, sharp and occasionally flaming objects thrown my way**
No! Really! Rob Zombie's version actually tries to examine what can turn a kid into a monster, a mix of bullying abuse, and perhaps screwed up genetics. Carpenter's version only provided an "explanation" tying Michael to a Celtic death god called "Samhain" (and pronounced as Sam Hane).
Problem being, the Celts never worshipped such a Deity. Samhain (pronounced Sow-ain) is a harvest festival, the final of the year, and a night when the land of living and dead are closer than usual, thus a good time to celebrate friends and family who passed on before you.
Zombie skips the supernatural explanation, Michael Myers is just a big, tough, crazy, homicidal son of a bitch, who really loves his little sister.
Isn't that enough?
Remakes don't automatically suck, even when the source material is widely and properly considered classic.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, probably can be remade in a way that would work. One way may be to play it straight.
Well "straight" may not be the right word, but deadpan. Dump the music, have some maniac like Warren Ellis redo the script. Keep the story, but present it as a sci-fi/horror thriller with both homo and hetero-erotic overtones.
Make it serious and creepy on the surface, with almost subliminal references to the original thrown in.
Heh... Who am I kidding? I am probably the only person in the world who would like that...
Yeah, eMpTy V is likely to screw RHPS up badly... but hell, it just might regenerate interest in the original.
Hell, the news got me checking online for the local cast... Alas, the info shown is for the theater that closed a couple of years ago.