Here’s some big news care of Deadline: Fox’s TV remake of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ just found its lead, and it makes us a lot more optimistic about the project’s prospects. Laverne Cox is going to play Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the new take, the role made famous by Tim Curry in both the original Broadway cast and the 1975 movie.
The two-hour taped event is described as a reimagining of the 20th Century Fox cult classic, which last month marked 40 years of theatrical distribution – longer than any other film in history.
They also noted the film is getting a formal green light for a premiere in fall 2016 (near Hallowe’en, we’d suspect).
Messing with a classic is always questionable, though the casting of Cox is in itself enough to have us curious.