Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Little Shop of Horrors - The Screenplay!

On this Valentine's Day, I'd like to link to the Little Shop of Horrors screenplay by Howard Ashman, which according to the title page was completed 27 years ago today.  We certainly miss the talented Mr. Ashman but his work lives on in the beloved modern classics Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

Here, he makes his first foray into Hollywood screenwriting, and I hope that fans of the film will enjoy this look at the story in a stage halfway between stage and screen.  Among the notable differences are the inclusion of a short scene showing Audrey and Orin's date to the drive-in movie theater (which made its way into the comic book), and a finale that is quite different from either of the two endings that were filmed.  One might also notice that the tone of the screenplay is quite a bit darker and more melodramatic than the finished film, and wonder about the script doctoring Frank Oz did before he agreed to direct.  I look forward to hearing comments on this trove of Little Shop lore!

View the screenplay here.  Would be awesome if a PFD of this, along with Mike Ploog's storyboards, were included on the Blu-Ray, hint-hint.


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this!

Not really digging the "Body Snatchers" homage ending, but there were some neat ideas throughout the rest of the script, like the sprinkling of clips of the songs that inspired the work throughout the movie.

Also the parts where Seymour meets personalities of the day like Groucho Marx... It looks like Little Shop would have been Forest Gump before Forest Gump (technology/celebrity look-a-likes permitting)!

Owen said...

Is there any way you could re-up this so I could see it? I'm really curious what Howard Ashman originally was thinking in terms of the film. Thanks so much!

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