Anne Hathaway is strongly against a sequel to the hit comedy 2006 film, The Devil Wears Prada, saying blatantly that the sequel is not going to happen. The Devil Wears Prada was incredibly successful, primarily because of the big names tied to it, including Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, and Emily Blunt, as well as the incredible performance the actors gave. The movie was nominated for two Oscars as well, one for Streep for Best Actress in a Leading Role and one for the movie’s costume design. Fans of all ages and demographics went to the theaters to see it, acclaiming it for its comedic but accurate portrayal of a stressful work environment.
In The Devil Wears Prada, Hathaway stars as Andrea Sachs, an aspiring journalist who takes on the position of one of the assistants to the incredibly critical fashion designer and difficult boss Miranda Priestly, played by Streep. Andrea struggles to not become sucked into the world of fashion and the politics that come with it while trying to maintain healthy relationships with her family, friends, and boyfriend Nate. In the end, Andrea realizes that she does not like the person this job has turned her into, so she quits and makes amends with those she hurt. The Devil Wears Prada is a reflection on the importance of not losing yourself to your career, and that stepping away is a perfectly healthy option, which may not translate well for a sequel.
Despite the original film’s success, Anne Hathaway shared her blunt thoughts on why The Devil Wears Prada 2 won’t happen with Entertainment Tonight. The star noted that the film already exists and that rather than hold out hope for a follow-up, audiences should revisit the original. See Hathaway’s full comment below:
There’s not going to be a sequel. It’s not gonna happen. It’s just like, we can’t do it. It’s not gonna happen. It exists. There are other films. There will be other films. We can just watch that one [The Devil Wears Prada] again.
Why A Devil Wears Prada Sequel Wouldn’t Work
The modern age of Hollywood films is so heavily tied to sequels and revivals, that it makes sense that fans would almost expect a sequel to The Devil Wears Prada. However, to Hathaway’s point, a sequel for this movie should not happen, as there is no plot to continue from the first film, with Andrea learning that the brutal world of fashion design is not for her and parts with Miranda after the latter betrays Nigel’s trust and ruins a future career option for him. Though a Devil Wears Prada sequel, the film adaptation ended on a much more finite note than its source material, leaving little room to pick up the story.
A sequel would either go back on the character development of the last film or try to replicate the same story with a new cast, something that is blatantly unoriginal and uninteresting when compared to the first film. Additionally, it would be hard to produce The Devil Wears Prada 2 given Hathaway and Streep have seen their star profiles skyrocket further, and thus leaves their schedule packed on projects they’re invested in. If Hathaway and Streep are not interested in making a sequel, then the movie will likely not be up to par with the expectations of the audience, making Hathaway right to feel that The Devil Wears Prada will never be getting a sequel.