Hairspray director Adam Shankman is set to direct and choreograph an adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages for New Line Cinema.
According to Variety, the musical's creator, Chris D'Arienzo, scripted the movie adaptation.
The musical 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. New Line is clearing music rights to the tunes.
Shankman said he hopes to shoot the picture in its proper setting, which means lensing in Los Angeles. Shankman said, "I'm thinking big, and absolutely am going to attempt to cast with movie stars. Now that musicals are working again, actors are much more open to it."
The film will begin production by next summer and be released by Warner Bros. in 2011.