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Disney is planning a sequel to 'The Devil Wears Prada,' featuring Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt reprising their roles.

The sequel will focus on the changing dynamics of the fashion world, and fans are concerned that it might not live up to the legacy of the original.

Anne Hathaway is not interested in revisiting the story again, as she believes the original movie does not need a continuation.

The iconic movie that had everyone dreaming of working at a fashion magazine, The Devil Wears Prada, is making a comeback. The 2006 film was the reason for some of the most quotable lines in movie history, and it also launched Anne Hathaway into stardom.

Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears Prada
Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, and Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears Prada | Credit: 20th Century Fox

Now, after almost 20 years, Disney is planning for its sequel. However, it is not going to be the old, familiar story. Instead, it will be Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly and Emily Blunt’s Emily Charlton facing off in a battle of wits and fashion.

The Devil Wears Prada Sequel’s Plot Worries Fans

Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada
Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada | Credit: 20th Century Fox

While some fans are happy to see the two impactful actors back on screen together, others fear that this sequel will spoil the original’s legacy, as the new one might not be as great as fans remember the original one.

According to Puck, the plot of The Devil Wears Prada 2 is based on Lauren Weisberger’s book, Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns which was published in 2014. It seems Miranda Priestly is having a terrible time now. The magazine world isn’t what it used to be, and she is trying to manage this fact of life while trying to keep Runway Magazine alive.

Then comes Emily Charlton played by Emily Blunt, who has moved up from being an assistant to a successful employee of a luxury company. Priestly has to get Charlton’s advertising dollars, but will Charlton help her old boss or will she leave her hanging? 

This new story is not like the original, where Anne Hathaway‘s character Andy Sachs made her way through the cutthroat world of fashion journalism. The sequel seems to be leaving her out of the picture, which has made fans upset.

The original The Devil Wears Prada was a massive hit, and it made over $326 million worldwide (via Box Office Mojo). Meryl Streep also got a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for the movie. But apart from those accomplishments, it became a cultural phenomenon.

In an interview with Variety, Blunt talked about Hathaway and the time they had in the movie’s shoot and how it changed her life. 

We just had a joy bomb of a time on that movie. I don’t know if any of us knew it was going to become what it did. It’s quoted to me every week. It will be the movie that changed my life.

However, Hathaway has been pretty vocal about not wanting to do a sequel. In her conversation with E! News, she revealed that she had no expectation of a sequel to the movie. 

Why Anne Hathaway Didn’t Want a Sequel For The Devil Wears Prada?

Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada
Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada | via Rotten Tomatoes Classic Trailers YouTube

Speaking about their experience, the cast of The Devil Wears Prada always noted that it was great to be part of this movie. They even had a mini-reunion at the 2024 SAG Awards, where they recreated some of the film’s most iconic moments. 

Anne Hathaway has been pretty open about her thoughts on a potential sequel. She told E! News that she would prefer making something else with Streep, Blunt, and David Frankel, who directed the film. But she’s not keen on revisiting the same story. 

Hathaway also revealed that she was actually the 9th choice for the role of Andy Sachs during an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race. However, despite the nostalgia, Hathaway seemed firm in her belief that the original story doesn’t need a continuation. She told E! News,

The truth of the matter is – with any film – all we can do is make it. The reason that movie felt so special was that we were a team and we did that work, but really it’s the love that everybody pours to it. Fans don’t need to worry about a sequel. Let’s just keep the thing that we all agree with love.

Although Hathaway seemed to think the original stands on its own and doesn’t need a follow-up, with this new plot, it looks like they might be moving forward without her anyway.

The Devil Wears Prada is available to stream on Disney+.

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