Shankman will choreograph and direct a movie version of the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages,” according to Variety. The stage production, studded with rock hits of the 1980s, follows a group of characters as they deal with the upcoming 1990s and the potential destruction of their bar hangout, the Bourbon Room.
There’s no word yet whether the Broadway cast will reprise their roles for the movie, or be replaced by film stars.
“I had the best time of my life making ‘Hairspray’ and badly wanted another musical, and when I watched ‘Rock of Ages,’ I was struck by the fact that not only had much of the audience seen it more than once, every guy in the audience knew the words to the songs,” Shankman told Variety. “What an extraordinary opportunity to open the genre to an audience that otherwise wouldn’t go see a musical.”
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