'Rocky Horror Picture Show' has become so famous, so ingrained into popular culture since its rise as a midnight movie cult favorite that many people forget how strange it really is (and many more think they've seen it, but really haven't). The rock and roll musical story of Janet and Brad finding themselves stranded at macabre mansion and encountering Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist and "sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania," is one of the weirdest films to ever find such enduring popularity, with infamously wild screenings continuing to this day. Who would have thought that a sexually-driven sci-fi B-movie musical parody with Tim Curry in drag on the poster would become so beloved?
So, the question is begged: How much will the remake feel like the original? Will it remain faithful or go in its own direction? Will it tone down the raunch or grab an R-rating by the throat with a pair of male thighs in fishnet stockings and give it a twist? Will they aim for a teen audience and make it as mainstream as possible or will they remember that the original is only popular today because of how offbeat and decidedly non-mainstream it is?
Murphy's work on the ridiculously campy 'Glee' may make him an obvious choice, but certainly not the correct one. At best, 'Glee' is lighthearted and silly, whereas 'Rocky Horror' requires a more extreme hand. Actually, Murphy's work on his previous show, the sick, demented and twisted 'Nip/Tuck,' aligns better with this property than anything 'Glee' related.
Then again, Murphy's last film was the stinker 'Eat, Pray, Love,' so this is a remake that should only be approached with caution. A man who willingly chose to make a film following Julia Roberts as she goes on vacation may not be the man you want behind the camera on your fetishistic weirdo rock musical.
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