Rock of Ages Is Headed to the Silver Screen

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New Line has won the screen rights for the new 1980s-set Off-Broadway musical Rock of Ages, which is currently playing New World Stages.

Variety reports that Rock librettist Chris D'Arienzo will not only pen the screenplay but will direct the feature film as well. No casting has been announced.

The production will mark the latest musical project for New Line. As previously reported, the company is currently in the process of developing a sequel to the hit movie musical "Hairspray."

The Rock of Ages film will be produced by Matthew Weaver and Scott Prisand of Corner Store Entertainment, Carl Levin, Tobey Maguire and Maguire Entertainment. Executive producers will include Janet Billig, Hillary Weaver and Maguire Entertainment's Dan Shafer.

Rock of Ages, according to press notes for the Off-Broadway production, is "fueled by high-octane '80s rock – from the anthems that defined an era to the power ballads that lit up arenas everywhere." The musical features songs by Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia and Whitesnake.

The producers describe the musical as such: "It's the late 1980s and the final countdown is on for a legendary Hollywood rock club facing its demise at the hands of eager developers. When a young rocker hungry for his big break and a small town girl chasing her dreams land on the scene at this infamous venue, how far will ambition drive them? And will it be lights out for the club and all the regulars and rockers who have made it their home?" The Off-Broadway company boasts "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis as well as Kelli Barrett, Nova Bergeron, Adam Dannheisser, Mitchell Jarvis, Michele Mais, Lauren Molina, Brian Munn, Angel Reed, Paul Schoeffler, Will Swenson, Wesley Taylor, Savannah Wise, Jeremy Woodard, Jackie Burns, Lara Janine, Christopher Spaulding and Tad Wilson.

New World Stages is located in Manhattan at 340 West 50th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.

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<i>Rock of Ages</i> co-stars Constantine Maroulis and Kelli Barrett.
Rock of Ages co-stars Constantine Maroulis and Kelli Barrett. Photo by Joan Marcus
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