Will the devil wear top hat and tails?
Producers Bob Cohen and Kevin McCollum said in a joint statement Thursday that Elton John and Paul Rudnick are writing the Broadway-musical adaptation of the 2006 movie hit “The Devil Wears Prada,” first announced in May 2015.
“To bring ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ to the stage, we knew we needed to find artists as inimitable as the characters in the story,” the producers said. “We needed artists whose work has run the gamut from music and publishing to drama and fashion.”
John added in a statement, “Re-imagining ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ for the musical theatre is super exciting. I’m a huge fan of both the book and the feature film, and a huge aficionado of the fashion world. I can’t wait to sink my musical teeth into this hunk of popular culture.”
No production schedule was announced. Cohen is head of the 20th Century Fox division Fox Stage Productions, formed in June 2013 to develop theater productions based on Fox properties, as Disney has done successfully for years. McCollum has produced numerous acclaimed Broadway hits including “Rent,” “In the Heights,” “Avenue Q,” “Something Rotten” and “Hand to God.”
The film, starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep, was based on the 2003 best-selling novel by Lauren Weisberger, a one-time assistant to Vogue’s Anna Wintour, who turned her ignoble experiences into a roman à clef about fashion-world naïf Andrea “Andy” Sachs and Miranda Priestly, imperious editor of the world-famous magazine Runway. Streep was nominated for an Academy Award for actress.
The movie also starred Emily Blunt in her breakout role, Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker and Adrian Grenier.