adam shankman to direct rock-of-ages

The director of the Hairspray remake will take on the musical Rock of Ages. According to Variety, Adam Shankman is ready for some edgier material and has signed on to helm the screen version of the Broadway play for New Line Cinema. This will be a return to some 80′s rock roots for the director who’s had his fair share of experience during the hair metal era.

The musical tells the story of a couple that meets at the Sunset Strip club Rock of Ages, falls in love and tries to stay together amid the rough and tumble rock lifestyle. The cast finds reasons to belt out 80s rock anthems made popular by Journey, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar and other MTV generation staples. The script for the film has been written by the musical’s creator, Chris D’Arienzo.

Shankman had some experience within this era in music as a choreographer. One of the videos he worked on was “Get the Funk Out” by Extreme, and his father was a music manager so he’s been surrounded by the business all his life. Here’s what he had to say about signing on to the project.

“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 said. “I thought, `this is Mamma Mia! for dudes. What an extraordinary opportunity to open the genre to an audience that otherwise wouldn’t go see a musical.”

That’s so true. I’m interested in seeing who they’ll cast in this film. Will they go for people who can actually sing, or will they dub the voices over? I hope that won’t be the case, because one of the musical’s signature tunes is Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and you need range to belt that out.

What do you think of Adam Shankman directing Rock of Ages?