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Rock of AgesAdam Shankman is set to 'Rock' the big screen. The choreographer-turned filmmaker ('Hairspray') and 'So You Think You Can Dance' judge has signed on to direct and choreograph a screen version of 'Rock of Ages,' the Broadway musical that received five Tony nominations and has been filling seats since its move to the Great White Way this spring.

The musical, set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, is an "arena rock" love story about a small town girl who meets a big city rocker in Los Angeles; the pair fall in love to the songs of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia and Whitesnake. Rock of AgesAdam Shankman is set to 'Rock' the big screen. The choreographer-turned filmmaker ('Hairspray') and 'So You Think You Can Dance' judge has signed on to direct and choreograph a screen version of 'Rock of Ages,' the Broadway musical that received five Tony nominations and has been filling seats since its move to the Great White Way this spring.

The musical, set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, is an "arena rock" love story about a small town girl who meets a big city rocker in Los Angeles; the pair fall in love to the songs of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia and Whitesnake.

"I had the best time of my life making 'Hairspray' and badly wanted another musical, and when I watched 'Rock of Ages,' I was struck by the fact that not only had much of the audience seen it more than once, every guy in the audience knew the words to the songs," Shankman told Variety. "What an extraordinary opportunity to open the genre to an audience that otherwise wouldn't go see a musical."

'Rock of Ages,' being produced by New Line Cinema, will begin production next summer and will be released by Warner Bros. in 2011. But before taking on big hair rock, Shankman will have to finish up 'Hairspray 2,' which is set for next year, and decide whether he'll move ahead with a remake of 'Topper,' starring Steve Martin, a remake of 'All of Me,' starring Queen Latifah, or take on a modern CG-version of 'Sinbad.'

We hope Shankman opts for 'Rock of Ages' next. His concept comedies ('The Wedding Planner,' 'Bringing Down the House,' 'The Pacifier' and 'Bedtime Stories'), while generally making money for the studios, don't hold a creative candle to 'Hairspray.' The man clearly likes to put on his dancing shoes. Anyhow, after 'Mamma Mia!,' we sorely want the boys to be back in town.