The movie that is widely regarded as the quintessential midnight movie is getting an update for television. Time magazine reports that the 1975 musical comedy horror classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be made into a two-hour Fox TV movie.
The original movie, a British-American co-production directed by Jim Sharman, starred Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick. It was based on a 1973 musical stage production.
The TV production “will be directed, executive produced, and choreographed by Kenny Ortega (‘Xanadu,’ ‘High School Musical’) with original film producer Lou Adler as well as Gail Berman also on board,” Time reports. “There’s no new writer credited, however, since Fox plans to stick to the text of the original 1973 play by Jim Sharman and Richard O’Brien.”
Fox, which appears determined to remain a force in musicals in the wake of “Glee,” is also working on a live production of the musical “Grease.” However, the report notes that Fox’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” will not be a live production.