Fox’s upcoming remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is controversial to say the least, but hopefully the new trailer for the Halloween musical event will put anxious fans of the cult classic at ease. As Brad (Ryan McCartan) tells a shivering Janet (Victoria Justice), there’s nothing to worry about.
OK, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, but judging from the trailer, this Rocky Horror has plenty of kinky glitz, heels, OOT eye makeup and fishnets — not to mention original star Tim Curry taking over the role of the narrator — to pay proper homage to the original. Plus, the trailer features a cute little meta twist in the form of a midnight movie audience watching Laverne Cox and co. strut their stuff, shouting call-backs and throwing TP at the screen like fans have been doing at midnight screenings for years.
Whether or not this particular device will be in the actual TV movie, which premieres in October on Fox, it’s got us ready to do the Time Warp again!
h/t: Vanity Fair
So much “Nope”.
And I wanted to like Laverne Cox as Frankenfurter, but NOPE.
So after all that “only Trans should play Trans,” they finally do, and she comes off as a drag queen.
The original is a classic .why do it again. ? I’ll pass on this one
“why do it again.?”
Why record Madame Butterfly again after the Maria Callas version? Why climb Everest after Hillary and Norway did it? Why make a movie about Dracula, there have only been 55?
Because even when something has been done well, it can be done differently and, through that difference, reach a new audience, give a new insight, re-spark our imaginations. So, Hamlet will be produced again. Beethoven’s Ninth will be re-recorded. Even a Beatles’ song will be given a different twist (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc2pCn_laZY0 ). My own father died not too long after that aired and it still makes me cry even while the Beatles’ version makes me want to laugh and dance.
So for us die-hard fans of Rocky Horror (I had seen the movie over 150 times in theaters and performed along with Frankenfurter’s roll in over 100 screenings, you think that people should accept a “sweet transvestite” to be a transsexual role? Such a slap in the face of what the story is all about.
Broadway revivals are usually built around an established star who can deliver a performance worth the financial risk.
These TV productions have tended to have A-list supporting casts (like Audra McDonald’s Mother Superior) and holes at the center (like Carrie Underwood).
Which makes “why bother” a valid question.
@inbama: The role of Frankenfurter is a transvestite not a transsexual which are not the same at all. The role should be played by a man not a trans woman.
Transvestite: A person who seeks sexual pleasure from wearing clothes that are normally associated with the opposite sex.
transsexual: 1. A person having a strong desire to assume the physical characteristics and gender role of the opposite sex.
2. A person who has undergone hormone treatment and surgery to attain the physical characteristics of the opposite sex.
That said I actually like Laverne Cox but just not for this role.
I am also not sure that a remake is a good idea as it really is a product of it’s era and I doubt it will have the same impact but I will admit I am biased because I love the original so much.
A transgender woman playing a male transvestite. This has disaster written all over it. Just watch the BBC’s ROCKY HORROR SHOW LIVE which was staged and shown Halloween last year. It’s on YouTube.
While looking forward to see this edition…..
I am concerned that the Dr. sounds a lot like a Tim Curry imitation.
this looks more like a remake of the Glee production of Rocky
@MarionPaige: Couldn’t have put it better myself. This has the stink of Glee all over it.
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