UPDATE: Adam Shankman will also be co-producing the 2010 Oscars…
Adam Shankman is set to direct the film adaption of the Broadway play ‘Rock of Ages’
Hairspray’ helmer Adam Shankman is signing on to direct and choreograph ‘Rock of Ages, ‘ the screen version of the Broadway musical for New Line Cinema.
The film will begin production by next summer, and will be released by Warner Bros. in 2011.
The musical’s creator, Chris D’Arienzo, scripted the movie adaptation. Carl Levin, Matt Weaver, Scott Prisand, Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Gibgot will produce, and Janet Billig and Hillary Weaver are executive producers.
Shankman will move from the 60s music of ‘Hairspray’ into the signature 80s rock anthems that drive ‘Rock of Ages.’ While it seems a stretch, Shankman reminds me that among the many videos he choreographed back in the day was the 1991 tune ‘Get the Funk Out’ by Extreme, one of those 80s big-hair bands.And his father was a music manager whose clients included Barry White, so Shankman feels he knows the world.
Oooh, Adam Shankman takes on 80’s hair bands. That should be good, cheesy fun. Constantine Maroulis, who plays the lead on Broadway is plotting his way into the film as we speak, I’m sure.
ETA: If I were to bet, the lead roles will go to actors who have already established film careers.