1 . It took four writers to get the screenplay right
At first they tried to adapt the film straight from the book, going through four writers in doing so. Then they realised they needed to manipulate the story for film. ‘If you study the book,’ said Carla Hacken, ‘there is not a strong narrative that propels the plot forward. That required quite a bit of invention and trial and error. And since there wasn’t a strong third act in the book, we needed to invent that.’
2. Director David Frankel originally said no to directing the film
‘It seemed undirectable to me,’ said David. ‘It was a satire rather than a love story.’
3. David Frankel wasn’t satisfied with the plot
‘Miranda was a witch, and Andy’s motivation was to get her revenge,’ said David. ‘There was a lot of conflict that ended with Miranda being humiliated. I felt that wasn’t satisfying. My view was that we should be grateful for excellence. Why do the excellent people have to be nice?’
4. As a result, they decided to write a new script
Rather than emulate the theme of the book, the writers decided that the film’s theme would be about everything women needed to forfeit in order to achieve success at a fashion magazine.
5 . Casting Miranda’s kids was Extremely difficult
The crew went through hundreds of twins before they found the right pair for the roles.
6. Gisele Bündchen was mentioned in the book
7. Thomas Lennon was offered the part of nigel
Thomas had to turn down the role due to conflicts with filming Reno 911.
8. Stanley Tucci accepted the offer to play Nigel 72 hours before stepping on set
For months, the team struggled to find an actor fit to play Nigel. At the very last minute, they came across Stanley. He was on set playing Nigel only seventy-two hours after his audition.
14. Anne Wrote ‘Hire Me’ on Carla Hacken’s desk
Right after her meeting with the executive vice president of Fox, Anne wrote the words in the sand of a zen garden to express her passion for the role.
15. To Prepare for the role, Anne volunteered as an assistant
Anne felt that she needed real experience as an assistant to get into character. She volunteered at an auction house.
16. This was the third time Anne’s character’s best friend in a film was mamed Lily
In Ella Enchanted and The Princess Diaries, Anne’s best friend’s character was also named Lily.
17. David Frankel worried their budget wouldn’t allow them to shoot in Paris
In a moment of true desperation, the directors and producers sent Fox a sizzle reel to convince them to fund the trip. Thankfully, it was met with a positive response, and they were able to fly to Paris.
18. The cost of the costumes was one million dollars
Patricia Field designed all the outfits and all the pieces came from major designers.
19. The other actors expected Meryl to play Miranda in a loud, aggressive way
‘I think we all had an idea of what Miranda would sound like,’ Anne said. ‘It was a strident, bossy, barking voice. So when Meryl opened her mouth and basically whispered, everybody in the room drew a collective gasp. It was so unexpected and brilliant.’
20. Meryl donated all of her costumes to charity
Miranda’s high-end outfits were worth a hefty sum, which she chose to donate instead of keeping for herself.
21. The film impacted Emily Blunt’s career most profoundly
Emily Blunt used to go to the same coffee shop every morning without being recognised. The Devil Wears Prada completely changed that. ‘The day the movie came out,’ Emily said, ‘all the people in the bakery suddenly knew who I was. It was surreal.’
Anne also credits the movie for launching Emily’s career. ‘I’ve never witnessed a star being born before,’ Anne said. ‘That’s the first time I watched it happen.’
22. The cast isn’t interested in a sequel
While there is a second book, some members of the cast don’t support the idea of a second film. ‘I’m not sure if could is the right question,’ Anne said. ‘Should there be? I’d love to make a movie with all the people again that’s something totally different. But I think that one might have just hit the right note. It’s good to leave it as it is.’
Via Marie Claire US