USA Network Nabs Cable TV Rights for Movie Musical "Hairspray"

News   USA Network Nabs Cable TV Rights for Movie Musical "Hairspray" USA Network has acquired cable television rights for the "Hairspray" film for $13 million, according to Variety.
Zac Efron and Nikki Blonsky in
Zac Efron and Nikki Blonsky in "Hairspray." Photo by New Line Cinema

The Adam Shankman-directed film has grossed more than $100 million at the box office. The network will acquire the title in February 2010 with the possibility of additional broadcasts on its sister network, Bravo.

"Hairspray" opened in theatres nationwide July 20. During its first weekend, the film took in $27,800,000. Its first week intake of nearly $30 million was reportedly the biggest opening for any movie musical on record.

"Hairspray," John Waters' tale of a young girl's dream to dance on television in 1960's Baltimore, came back to the big screen with the addition of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman's Tony Award-winning score and a cast of Hollywood heavyweights.

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Shankman directed and choreographed the film, which was adapted by Leslie Dixon from Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan's Broadway book. The musical also boasts the Broadway score by Shaiman and Wittman with additional songs created for the film. Playing the young wannabe dancing queen Tracy Turnblad is newcomer Nikki Blonsky. Her parents, Edna and Wilbur Turnblad, are played by John Travolta and Christopher Walken, respectively. Filling out the cast of the racially-changing Baltimore landscape are Queen Latifah (as Motormouth Maybelle), Zac Efron (Link Larkin), Brittany Snow (Amber von Tussel), Michelle Pfeiffer (Velma von Tussel), James Marsden (Corny Collins), Elijah Kelly ( Seaweed), Amanda Bynes (Penny Pingleton) and Allison Janney (Prudy Pingleton). (Keep an eye out for Jerry Stiller and cameos by Waters, Shaiman, Wittman, Shankman and original "Hairspray" film star Rikki Lake.)

The New Line Cinema film is based on the still-running musical Hairspray, which itself was based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("Chicago") executive produced with Shankman, Shaiman, Wittman, Garrett Grant and Jennifer Gibgot.

"Good Morning Baltimore," "The Nicest Kids in Town," "It Takes Two," "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs," "I Can Hear The Bells," "Welcome to the 60's," "Run and Tell That," "Big, Blonde & Beautiful" "(You're) Timeless To Me," "I Know Where I've Been," "Without Love," "(It's) Hairspray," and "You Can't Stop The Beat" from the musical are all featured in the film.

Visit the official movie website at hairspraymovie.com.