"Hairspray" Musical Film Sequel Will Not Materialize
03 Jun 2010
Tony Award-winning composer Marc Shaiman has confirmed that there will not be a film sequel to the hit musical Hairspray, describing the public announcement of the project as "strangely premature."
As previously reported by Playbill.com, "Hairspray" screenwriter and creator John Waters submitted a treatment for the sequel to New Line Cinema in 2008. Shaiman told Playbill.com, "Scott and I and the movie team gathered a lot of really fun ideas in the two (wow, two!) meetings we had, but that was as far as that went. It was never something that needed to be 'announced' for it was always a 'what if' scenario."
Adam Shankman, who directed the movie musical adaptation of Hairspray and was attached to direct the possible sequel, told the UK Press Association in Hollywood that the film was off, commenting, "I'm going to kill that rumor now, that got killed."
Shaiman also told Playbill, "Quite some time ago, New Line decided not to pursue it and so all the great ideas will have to remain locked away. But they were fun!"
In the meantime, Shaiman and partner Scott Wittman are busy with their Broadway-aimed musical Catch Me If You Can, which will bow in New York in spring 2011. The duo is also at work on penning a stage adaptation of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.