Devil Wears Prada 2: How Would Devil Wears Prada 2 Work?
Since The Devil Wears Prada became a popular movie 16 years ago, a sequel has undoubtedly been brought up several times. Fans might be eager to see comedic depictions of the pressures of the fashion industry return to the big screen, but star Anne Hathaway is adamant it won’t happen.
In the movie The Devil Wears Prada, Anne Hathaway played the underappreciated journalist Andrea Sachs, who manages to land a job as the assistant to the difficult and overly critical Miranda Priestly, who was portrayed by the incomparable Meryl Streep. The lesson in the movie is to avoid getting so engrossed in a career that you lose the people in your life. Andrea discovers that the stress of the job transforms her into someone she doesn’t like and eventually quits to preserve her relationships with friends and family.
It is not surprising that there have been discussions about a sequel given that the movie grossed over $326 million at the box office, more than ten times its estimated $35 million budget. This is especially true considering that Laura Weisberger, the author of the original novel, wrote the sequel novel Revenge Wears Prada in 2013. The movie’s leading actors don’t seem eager to reprise their glamorous roles, and in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Anne Hathaway reiterated her conviction that there won’t ever be a sequel. She uttered:
“There’s not going to be a sequel. It’s not goanna happen. It’s just like, we can’t do it. It’s not goanna happen. It exists. There are other films. There will be other films. We can just watch that one [The Devil Wears Prada] again.”
How Would Devil Wears Prada 2 Work?
For a while, it was unclear how The Devil Wears Prada would be followed up without repeating the plot or reversing some of the characters’ growth and the film’s message. When author Lauren Weisberg’s novel Revenge Wears Prada was published seven years later, the solution to this seemed to become clear. The plot line suggested by the book’s synopsis involved Andy trying to maintain her existence without running into Miranda once more. The synopsis reads:
“Andy has just turned thirty and is an incredibly successful magazine editor, working closely with her best friend Emily, another Runway survivor. She’s about to get married – life’s on track and she’s been careful to stay clear of Miranda Priestly, her dreadful first boss. But Andy’s luck is running out. Miranda Priestly isn’t the kind of woman who hides in the background. She’s back… and more devilish than ever.”
Even though this could easily spark the conversation about a sequel, there hasn’t been any progress made regarding a new theatrical release. It appears that the Devil won’t be wearing Prada again on the big screen any time soon, whether that is due to the lack of interest from its stars, the somewhat mixed response to the story of the sequel novel, or simply the fact that the original movie ended in a complete and rounded way that a sequel would undo its message.
Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Expect to See the Devil Wears Prada 2
A sequel to The Devil Wears Prada has been discussed over the years, especially after Weisberger published her own version of the book in 2013 under the title Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns: In that 2013 book, which takes place ten years after the previous one, Andy is shown running her own magazine before once more becoming entangled in Miranda Priestly’s world. Unbelievably, When Life Gives You Lululemons, the third book in the series, was released in 2018. The attitude of the original Devil Wears Prada cast is a major factor in why a film adaptation of the sequel novel, much less the third one, was never made or developed.
Meryl Streep reportedly revealed in private that she has no interest in producing a Devil Wears Prada sequel, according to Variety. Similarly, even though she’d love to collaborate with the Devil Wears Prada cast and crew again, Anne Hathaway is quoted as saying that it’s “good to leave it as it is” and that the first movie “might have just hit the right note.”
When asked about a Devil Wears Prada sequel in 2018, Emily Blunt told People Magazine that she would be “up for it if everyone did it,” but that she secretly hoped it wouldn’t happen because “I think sometimes when your sequel everything kind of dilutes how special the original is.”
While nothing is impossible, it appears that The Devil Wears Prada fans shouldn’t start holding their breath for a sequel any time soon, if at all.