Joe Dante to Direct ‘Little Shop of Halloween Horrors’

Joe Dante to Direct ‘Little Shop of Halloween Horrors’

Little Shop of Halloween Horrors, to be directed by Joe Dante, promises to breathe new life into the horror-comedy, Little Shop of Horrors, that was helmed by a considerably younger Roger Corman some 64 years ago. Dante will be directing the reboot from a script by Charles S. Haas, who penned Gremlins 2: The New Batch.

Now 97, Corman has directed more than 70 films and produced more than 300 during a career spanning seven decades. Corman, who was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 2009, will be co-producing the upcoming film with Brad Krevoy. In 1971, Corman was quoted as saying, “Directing is very hard and very painful. Producing is easy. I can do it without really thinking about it.”

The original Little Shop of Horrors, co-starring Jack Nicholson, was made on a shoestring budget in 1960 using sets that had been used for another Corman horror flick, A Bucket of Blood. The film quickly became a cult classic and spawned Broadway and off-Broadway productions as well as a 1986 film directed by Frank Oz that starred Rick Moranis and Steve Martin. The plot focuses on a florist who harbors a carnivorous plant with a hankering for human flesh.

Joe Dante has been a longtime associate of Roger Corman, having started his own cinematic career as an apprentice of his back in the 1970s. Dante’s first directing job was Corman’s low-budget exploitation film Hollywood Boulevard. Besides his work for Gremlins, produced by Steven Spielberg, he is also known for directing The Howling, Innerspace, and Small Soldiers. Dante made relatively few movies over the years, his most recent film having been Burying the Ex in 2014. It’s being speculated that he may be involved in a new project involving the Gremlins franchise.

No release date or other details about Little Shop of Halloween Horrors have yet been announced.

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