'The Rocky Horror Picture Show': 5 Attempts at Hollywood Revivals

Glee: Rocky Horror Episode
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show isn’t going anywhere. The 1975 film based on a British rock stage musical has been infecting a whole new generation of fans.

Arguably, it probably never quite left American culture. Midnight screenings and Halloween events surrounding the film, with a cast including Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Meat Loaf, are still the norm in cities across America.

So, we’re not surprised that Hollywood has been trying to figure out ways to bring the cult hit’s juju back to film and TV audiences.

Here are five ways Hollywood has tried to recreate the film’s magic:

1.) The film’s screenwriter Richard O’Brien wrote an indirect sequel called Shock Treatment in 1981, which followed the characters of Brad and Janet after they were married. The film was pretty much a flop at the box office.

2.) O’Brien tried again in the late-80s to write a direct sequel to Rocky Horror called Revenge of the Old Queen. It was never made and will probably never see the light of the day. Apparently, the dusty script is still owned by 20th Century Fox, which produced the two previous films.

3.) MTV Films announced that it was planning a remake of the film, which would be based on the original screenplay. It announced the film would be released around Halloween 2009, but it never quite made it.

4.) FOX’s Glee did its own take on the film in Season 2 called The Rocky Horror Glee Show in October of last year. Soon after, reports surfaced that FOX 2000 was courting Glee creator Ryan Murphy to direct a remake of the 1975 film. In April of this year, Murphy told reporters he’s definitely doing it and floated castings including Lea Michele, Robert Pattinson, and Russell Brand.

5.) Harry Potter actress Emma Watson was recently spotted on the set of her new movie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, in costume and ready to act out a scene in which her character attends a midnight showing of the film. The film is set to release in 2012.

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