Posted on 20 October 2009.
Adam Shankman, who brought a big-name cast together for his 2007 remake of the Broadway musical “Hairspray,” is back with New Line to adapt another musical from the stage to the big screen with “Rock of Ages.” According to Variety, the musical’s creator, Chris D’Arienzo wrote the script and production is set to begin next summer for a 2011 release through Warner Bros.
“Rock of Ages,” which is filling up quite nicely at the moment at the Brooks Atkinson Theater, is the story of two people who meet at the Sunset Strip club Rock of Ages, where they fall in love and try to stay together amidst a glorious 80’s hair-metal soundtrack featuring the likes of Twisted Sister, Journey, Pat Benatar, Styx and Poison.
Shankman brought a vivid, flowery, drive-in tone to the 2007 summer hit Hairspray, which was set in 60’s Baltimore and viewed the changing cultural landscape of the country through a sarcastic, idealized and exaggerated, showbiz eye. It grossed $118 million domestically in its mid-summer run two years ago, making it one of the most financially successful musicals of all-time.
If Adam Shankman has any thing to say about it, expect another big-budget immersion into a definable era and a big-name cast for Rock of Ages. “I’m thinking big, and absolutely am going to attempt to cast with movie stars. Now that musicals are working again, actors are much more open to it.”
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Posted on 13 April 2009.
Monday kicks off another week of film news, where it’s always crackin’ it seems. You want to see the new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince International Trailer? You have to head here to check it out since embedding has been disabled by request. Daniel Radcliffe does not get naked. Sorry, you sick bastards. I kid.
[Superhero Hype] is talking about the Venom spin-off to Spider-Man film series. A first draft of the screenplay is in.
Michael Sheen, bka ex-husband of Kate Beckinsale, will now lose that unofficial most well-known title,micah as [Daily Mail] reports that he is “Aro, the head of all vampires” in Twilight-sequel, New Moon.
You want some new Star Trek movie clips? I thought so. [Movies Online] has a few for you to see. Our preview of the film is still getting mad hits too. Written by a self-proclaimed Trekkie. Cool.
You interested in the new Tyson documentary on the legendary boxer? Good, ’cause I will have a review up for the film this week. “He punches so hard. He punches like a fucken mule kicks!” In the meantime, [Hollywood Elsewhere] has a spirited discussion with Director James Toback. A great conversation, I am told.
Zac Efron gets a pretty big career boost by being cast in the live-action film version of Johnny Quest. [Film Junk]
There is a boat-load of concept art images at [Film-O-Filia] showing tons of crazy stuff from Terminator: Salvation. The motorcycle in particular is cool-looking.
William Hurt has been cast in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood movie, though I think that is still an undecided title. [Dark Horizons]
You loved Hairspray, you really want to know more about Hairspray 2. [Collider] provides with an update from Adam Shankman. I now retire for the day since I am sick from typing those last few sentences.
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