The project is tentatively titled The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event and is being described as a reimagining of the 1973 original film which has set the record for the longest ever theatrical engagement (currently over 40 years).
The television event was originally planned at Fox back in 2002 with a targeted 2003 premiere as a celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary but it never came to fruition. A reboot was also in development with MTV in 2008 but that fizzled as well. The idea behind the reimagining will be to stay faithful to the source material in terms of scripting and musical numbers but update the visuals.
To be brutally honest, this sounds like a cash grab. This is a film that doesn’t necessarily need to be remade and it’s so wonderfully quirky that it would be nearly impossible to capture that lightning in a bottle twice. However, who knows? Maybe we’ll all be eating our words when it premieres. In the meantime, if you haven’t had the chance to check out a shadow cast of this off-the-wall production, do yourself a favor and do so.