We posted back in July that MTV was in the works to do a "re-imagining" of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."
Well it didn't take long for the backlash to make itself known.
A website called stoptheremake.com is putting together a petition to ask MTV to pretty please stop. So far over 19,000 people have signed the petition.
I support the site's attempt to convince MTV to not ravage the cult classic, but honestly I don't think the site stands a chance of making any impact. Once a billion-dollar corporation gets dollar signs in their eyes, its very difficult to dissuade them from their intended goals, no matter how foolish that goal may be.
Still, I give the site owner credit for speaking his mind and echoing what other RHPS fans have been saying:
Was anyone asking for this?! I mean the original is no cinematic masterpeice but it has retained a sort of dirty do-it-yourself charm. There are no great special effects, there are cheesy sets and a cheesier script. But thats its charm.
Barry Bostwick, who played Brad Majors in the film, felt that attempting a remake of the film would be like attempting to do a remake of Casablanca and in an interview with Bullz-eye.com pointed out why any attempt would be a waste of money:
“How are you going to remake it?” Bostwick asked. “Every time it was done on stage, I thought it showed the flaws of the piece. I think it’s a one-off; I don’t think you can repeat that. I mean, look at the sequel, ‘Shock Treatment.’ I never saw that, but it was a miserable failure…even more of one than ‘Rocky Horror’ was when it first came out!
To sign the petition and find out more, follow the link below.