The devil has all the best outfits -- beastly Priestly is back
Fashion magazine editor from hell Miranda Priestly is on her way back. The Devil Wears Prada author Lauren Weisberger is working on a sequel to her international bestseller after a major book deal with her publisher was announced last week.
The new book will be called Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns and will be published by Simon & Schuster next April, 10 years after the original hit novel appeared.
The Devil Wears Prada, supposedly based on Weisberger's real-life experiences as an assistant to Vogue editor Anna Wintour, topped the New York Times bestseller chart for six months when it appeared in 2003.
The film version, released in 2006 and starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, was also a huge hit.
Streep won acclaim for her portrayal of the glacial editor of Runway magazine, Miranda Priestly, whose impossible demands made life hell for her idealistic young assistant Andrea "Andy" Sachs, played by Hathaway.
The character of Priestly seems to share many of the less appealing traits of Wintour, but Weisberger has never been specific about how much of the character is based on her former boss.
Following the global success of both the book and the movie, Weisberger said she would not be revisiting the bitchy Miranda character or her put-upon assistant Andrea anytime soon. She went on to write three other unrelated novels set in the worlds of PR, book publishing and music. All were bestsellers, although not on the same scale as The Devil Wears Prada.
But now Weisberger has relented and has almost finished writing the sequel. Revenge Wears Prada will resume the story eight years after Andy walked away from her dream job with Miranda.
Andy is still in magazines, however, and has done well for herself.
She is now editing the bridal magazine Plunge, where she works alongside her old Runway colleague Emily. Love has blossomed as well and she is about to marry Max, a wealthy media figure. But Andy is still haunted by her days at Runway and, perhaps inevitably, she crosses paths again with Miranda.
Although interest in the follow-up book is intense, there is no news so far on a movie sequel. The first film had cameos from Gisele Bündchen, Heidi Klum and Valentino.
Ten years on, the publishers are predicting that the sequel will be just as successful.