It was a bit of a late-night double feature picture show at Comic-Con tonight for an extended sneak peek at the new The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Fans got a look at the upcoming Fox TV reimagining of the cult classic and learned that it will debut on October 20.
With a crowd pleasing opening credits with a version of “Science Fiction – Double Feature” belted out by Ivy Levan as the movie theater usherette, fans got to see 25 minutes from the two-hour Fox TV movie. With a few nudges to the medium and a new take on the opening, the Kenny Ortega-directed small-screen pic stayed pretty close overall to the 1975 original – which seemed to work just fine for the SRO ballroom.
Big cheers went up when the original Frank-N-Furter Tim Curry appeared onscreen as the Criminologist Narrator and when Penny Dreadful alum Reeve Carney debuted as Riff-Raff, a role played by creator Richard O’Brien in the play and film. Of course the biggest cheer went up when a sequin-covered Laverne Cox came on as the new Dr. Frank-N-Furter with a rousing “Sweet Transvestite.” Unlike the original Rocky Horror, this TV edition on Fox has the fans as a part of the show, as was revealed in the preview.
Tonight’s panel included Ortega, EPs Lou Adler and Gail Berman and cast members Carney, Christina Milian (Magenta), Victoria Justice (Janet Weiss) and Ryan McCartan (Brad Majors). “The reason I thought about television there’s lot of Brad and Janets out there, as we’ve seen in the past week, who don’t’ go to midnight theater,” said Alder, who produced the original. “If we could bring it to them, they could know what they need to know,” he added, nodding to political and social divides in modern America.