New York Film Locations

Revisiting The Devil Wears Prada

4 October 2023

One of the initial films to be documented on otsoNY back in November 2009 was “The Devil Wears Prada”; an American comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel and produced by Wendy Finerman. The screenplay, written by Aline Brosh McKenna, was based on Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel of the same name. The film adaptation starred Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, a powerful fashion magazine editor, and Anne Hathaway as Andrea Sachs, a college graduate who went to New York City and landed a job as Priestly’s co-assistant. Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci co-starred as co-assistant Emily Charlton and art director Nigel Kipling, respectively. Simon Baker and Adrian Grenier played pivotal supporting roles.

Film poster for The Devil Wears Prada

The film was primarily shot in New York and Paris between October and December 2005 and had a reasonably small budget of initially $35 million and was to only include filming in New York. The limited budget caused problems with some locations and the crew could not get permission to shoot at the Museum of Modern Art or Bryant Park. The co-op boards at many apartment buildings also refused to let the production use them for Miranda’s.

Meryl Streep in a scene from The Devil Wears Prada

Emily Blunt in a scene from The Devil Wears Prada

Stanley Tucci and Anne Hathaway in a scene from The Devil Wears Prada

Cinematographer Florian Ballhaus, at Finerman and Frankel’s suggestion, composed as many shots as possible, whether interiors or exteriors, to at least partially take in busy New York street scenes in the background, to convey the excitement of working in a glamorous industry in New York. He also used a handheld camera during some of the busier meeting scenes in Miranda’s office, to better convey the flow of action, and slow motion for Andrea’s entrance into the office following her makeover. A few process shots were necessary, mainly to put exterior views behind windows on sets and in the Mercedes where Miranda and Andy were having their climactic conversation.

Tracie Thoms and Adrian Grenier in a scene from The Devil Wears Prada

Simon Baker in a scene from The Devil Wears Prada

Adrian Grenier in a scene from The Devil Wears Prada

Last updated in July 2012, the initial batch of film locations for “The Devil Wears Prada” included Broome Street, 6th and 3rd Avenues, Madison Avenue, along with Times Square, the St. Regis Hotel on East 55th Street, and Central Park. New screen shots in super HD are being captured for the revisit along with additional filming locations, all of which is expected to be posted online later this month.


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