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.”