Filmart: China's Desen Planning ‘Devil Wears Prada’ Remake (Exclusive)
The Chinese-language version of the 2006 comedy will take place in Shanghai.
China's Desen International Media is set to remake the 2006 Fox hit The Devil Wears Prada.
The fashion focused comedy that starred Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep will relocate from New York to Shanghai in the Chinese-language version.
Fox is currently not involved in the remake. A studio insider told THR that the company is not considering Prada in its slate of new Chinese-language remakes through the link-up between Fox International Productions and Fox Networks Group Asia. "The Devil Wears Prada is not among the list of potential remakes we're planning for the new collaboration," the source said.
Beijing-based Desen confirmed the project and that they are not working with Fox for the remake. The company said it cannot reveal whether it has the movie rights to the original Lauren Weisberger novel.
The project has already been approved for production by SAPPRFT, the Chinese censorship bureau.
Founded by Chinese film producer Ann An in 2006, Desen previously co-produced the Donnie Yen-starrers Ip Man 2 and 14 Blades.
Prada was released in China in February 2007, eight months after its bow in the U.S. The film created a sensation in the major cities in China with corporations holding screenings of the movie for March 8 Women's Day parties. The Chinese version of the original novel also became a best-seller.
Desen said their project is not a direct remake of The Devil Wears Prada.
But the name of their project, "Shi Shang Nu Mo Tou" (The She-devil of Fashion), is widely known in China as one of the translated Chinese names of The Devil Wears Prada.
Fox has been contacted and told THR: "at this stage it would be inappropriate for Fox to comment on this issue."