Rock of Ages gets Hairspray Director

Source: Variety

Variety reports that Hairspray director Adam Shankman has signed on to direct and choreograph the screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, Rock of Ages. The Warner Bros. film is set for a 2011 release. 

The musical’s creator, Chris D’Arienzo, wrote the script which tells of two people who meet at the Sunset Strip club Rock of Ages, fall in love and try to stay together amid’80s rock anthems made popular by Journey, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar and other groups.

Shankman told the trade, “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.”