Fox television has taken on the monumental task of “re-imagining” the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. While many younger people will be wondering why their fathers or mothers are ranting about the injustice of it all and the impossibility of replacing Tim Curry, Meatloaf, or any of the other fantastic performers in the original, someone in Hollywood feels they are up to the challenge. The two-hour event will air later this fall. Fox has released some new images of the production including a first look at Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black) as Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
Along side Cox is the talented Ben Vereen who plays Dr. Scott. Cox said:
I get tweets from people, ‘Please don’t f— up Rocky Horror Picture Show!’
I showed my brother pictures of me in character and he was like, ‘You were preparing your whole life for this.’
Those lamenting the replacement of Tim Curry can be comforted by the fact that Curry will be the show’s narrator. Cox talked about Curry’s involvement in the show saying:
The first day of rehearsals in Los Angeles, Tim listened to me sing every song from the show. That was really intimidating. I had to sing in front of the man who made all these songs iconic. It’s just a gift he’s involved in our production.
Ryan McCartan and Victoria Justice play Brad and Janet, the stranded couple who enter Frank-N-Furter’s castle for help and find more help than they can handle. Justice had this to say:
There’s definitely a major sexual awakening and one that I haven’t explored on-screen yet. I’m excited about it!
There will be Time Warping.
Staz Nair plays Rocky, the creation of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, and will be wearing the iconic gold bathing suit.
I’m wearing these nice, sexy knee-high platform boots and a gold latex bathing suit. I felt very sassy and I owned it.
Whether you’re for or against all these rebooting/re-imagining of all the classic shows from your childhood or early adulthood, there’s sure to be something in there to enjoy. If nothing else, it does give you the opportunity to share the original with your children or friends.
What made The Rocky Horror Picture Show so unique at the time was the people who went to the show on a regular basis in costume, performing the scenes right in front of the screen. It wasn’t a movie you went to see, it was an eye-opening experience.