Emily Blunt makes her horror film debut today in theaters nationwide — starring in husband John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” — but she’s torn about whether she wants to reprise her breakout role in “The Devil Wears Prada.” During an appearance on “The Jess Cagle Interview,” Blunt said about a possible sequel to the 2006 film, “If everyone did it I would be up for it,” then added, “I don’t know” if there’s going to be a second film. “I almost hope it doesn’t [happen] because I think sometimes when you sequel everything kind of dilutes how special the original is.” (A source close to the studio said no sequel was in the works.)
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna wrote the adapted screenplay for “The Devil Wears Prada,” based on the novel by Lauren Weisberger, a former assistant to Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. The roles based on Weisberger and Wintour went to Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep — who earned her 14th of 21 Oscar nominations to date. Blunt was the scene-stealer, however, as Miranda Priestly’s wicked, multi-tasking senior assistant. Directed by David Frankel, the film earned more than $326 million at the worldwide box office, and even introduced Blunt to a future family member.
“We all just wept with laughter,” she told Cagle. “I loved working with sweet Annie Hathaway and it was my first experience working with Meryl and Stanley Tucci, who is now my brother-in-law.” Tucci and Blunt’s sister, Felicity, were introduced at Blunt and Krasinski’s 2010 Italian wedding. Both Blunt and Streep attended the New York premiere of Tucci-directed “Final Portrait” last month.
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On his talk show Tuesday night, Seth Meyers also asked Blunt about whether rumors of a possible “Devil Wears Prada” sequel are true. “I mean, I would love it,” replied the future “Mary Poppins Returns” lead. 10 years after writing her 2003 bestseller, Weisberger published her first follow-up, “Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns.” A third installment, “When Life Gives You Lululemons” — devoted to the character Blunt played — will be released this summer.
Krasinski would almost certainly be delighted with the news of a sequel: In 2016, he told E! News that he’d watched the original approximately 75 times.
Watch a clip from Blunt’s episode of “The Jess Cagle Interview” below.