Cult musical film The Rocky Horror Picture Show is to be remade 33 years after it was first released.
The new version of Rocky Horror, which was created by Richard O’Brien, will be co-financed by Sky Movies in the UK and MTV in the US, with the UK premier being screened on Sky Movies.
Jim Sharman, who co-wrote the original screenplay and directed the film, said: “The original has some qualities that can’t be reproduced but a remake could have its own very different strengths and qualities.”
However, the remake will go ahead without Richard O’Brien or his blessing. O’Brien told the BBC he would not be involved stating “I’m not co-producing it and I won’t be involved in any way” adding “I have no view on whether it should be remade but it doesn’t have my blessing,”
He later told BBC Radio 5 Live that his involvement had been announced “to suggest I’ve given the project my seal of approval”.
The original was “a wonderful movie”, he said.
“I don’t know where they’ll go with it really,” he added.
“I’ve even heard that they’re going to put new songs in.
“I wrote the book, the music and the lyrics.
“Where are they going to get the songs from? Who’s going to do that? That’s a bit strange isn’t it?”
The original 1975 film, starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Meat Loaf, has become a kitsch classic.
The plot revolves around young American couple Brad and Janet who accidentally stumble into a strange world of alien transvestites and overt sexuality.