Adam Shankman Divulges More New Hairspray 2 Details
Believe it or not, I actually really enjoyed the Hairspray movie from last year, which is why I'm mildly excited for the sequel, despite it being completely unnecessary. Ever since the news first hit about the sequel, some odd stories have been popping up about drug-addled characters and more shenanigans. It turns out that this all comes from a script treatment that John Waters had written himself. So that's where all the Zac Efron LCD rumors came from! Well, MTV spoke with director Adam Shankman and got some updates on what they're going to keep and what they're going to ditch for the sequel.
"[The treatment] is amazing, but it's crazy. There are things in there that I was like 'Can we do that?' It's real John Waters-y stuff, and it was more like a sequel to his movie than to our movie. Which I love, because then that becomes re-interpreted," Shankman starts out saying. So what parts are being kept and what wacky John Waters ideas are being cut? Well, the part where Zac Efron takes acid won't be kept. "That's the kind of stuff where you're like: 'Yeah, I don't know if that's going to work.'" On the flip side though, they will keep John Travolta's weight-loss storyline. "It has Edna getting hooked on diet pills," And the working title for the sequel straight from the treatment? Hairspray 2: White Lipstick.
As for the ensemble cast, most of them are expected to return, although nothing has been confirmed just yet. Shankman did say that Michelle Pfeiffer (as Velma Von Tussle) won't be returning, citing a "change in villains." As for the rumors about John Travolta not returning as Edna Turnblad, Shankman debunks them: "That's not what he said. He's like, 'No, just keep going. And if it's funny, I'll do it.'" Another plot aspect that Shankman confirms is that the sequel will use the Vietnam War as a backdrop, although it won't be Zac Efron's character who is drafted. Maybe it's Elijah Kelley's character Seaweed instead?
"[Waters' treatment is full of] ideas that we're just going to pick and choose from, and we'll see what happens with it," Shankman says to hold us over. New Line is still pushing for Hairspray 2 to be ready by July of 2010. Stay tuned for more updates. Who else is looking forward to the sequel?