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‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Sequel in Early Development


(L to R) Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’. Photo: 20th Century Fox.

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  • Disney is in early development on a ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ sequel.
  • Writer Aline Brosh McKenna is scripting the new movie.
  • Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt may return, but Anne Hathaway is yet to be confirmed.

One of the movies where there is lot of chatter about a potential sequel, but little actual forward movement, has just shifted into more likely territory.

After years of rumors regarding a follow-up to hit comedy ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ (which starred Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and, in a breakout role, Emily Blunt), Disney reportedly now has a sequel in the early development stage.

According to Puck (and since confirmed by the likes of Deadline), original screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna is writing the script, with producer Wendy Finerman aboard and director David Frankel in talks.

While Streep and Blunt, are reportedly close to a potential deal to return, Hathaway (who has been outspoken about not being convinced it could work) is not yet, But the trio recently reunited at the SAG awards and made plenty of references to the original.

“Meet Andy Sachs. A million girls would kill to have her job. She’s not one of them.”

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PG-131 hr 49 minJun 19th, 2006

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What was the story of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’?

Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in 'The Devil Wears Prada'.

(L to R) Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’. Photo: 20th Century Fox.

Adapted by McKenna from Lauren Weisberger’s novel and directed by Frankel, the 2006 original follows Andy Sachs (Hathaway), a recent journalism graduate who moves to New York City and lands a job as a junior assistant to Miranda Priestly (Streep), the powerful and demanding editor-in-chief of high-fashion magazine Runway, with Blunt as Emily, Priestly’s primary aide.

Andy initially struggles with the high-pressure environment and Miranda’s relentless demands but gradually adapts, gaining confidence and style. As she becomes more involved in her work, she faces personal challenges, including a strained relationship with her boyfriend, Nate (Adrian Grenier), and ethical dilemmas about the fashion industry’s values.

What would the new movie be about?

Anne Hathaway in 'The Devil Wears Prada'.

Anne Hathaway in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’. Photo: 20th Century Fox.

Assuming the cast can be all be convinced to return (is that truckloads of cash being driven to their respective homes we hear?), the sequel’s plot would reportedly pick up the story with Priestly still the head of Runway, but the magazine has endured the financial headwinds of contemporary publishing and is in a diminished state.

Blunt’s one-time assistant would now be an executive at a luxury brand conglomerate that advertises with Runway.

We’ll have to see if this one actually makes it out of the development phase, but Disney is rarely one to let an opportunity like this go to waste.

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What else is happening in the ‘Devil Wears Prada’ world?

Vanessa Williams in 'The Devil Wears Prada' musical.

Vanessa Williams in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ musical. Photo: Prada West End Instagram Account.

In addition to the sequel, a musical adaptation with an original score by Elton John, has just launched previews in the UK, kicking off in Plymouth ahead of a planned West End run.

Vanessa Williams is playing the Miranda Priestly role, and a first look at her on stage (well, rising on to it) is online via the production’s Instagram page.

That’s all.

Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep in 'The Devil Wears Prada'.

(L to R) Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’. Photo: 20th Century Fox.

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