Adam Shankman Officially Pronounces Hairspray Sequel Dead
by Ethan Anderton
June 2, 2010
Though we kept hearing details about a gestating sequel to the 2007 musical Hairspray from director and choreographer Adam Shankman, it doesn't look like any of those plans will come to fruition as Shankman told the UK Press (via Collider): "I'm going to kill that rumour now, that got killed. It's ok. I was so happy with the first one, let's leave well enough alone. It's all good." As enjoyable as Hairspray was, it's probably for the better since a sequel to an adaptation of a Broadway musical, which itself was a musical adaptation of John Waters' 1988 film, would be a little too much. One unnecessary sequel down, a couple thousand to go!
Even if the film was still on track, it wouldn't have happened for awhile since Shankman has just recently taken on judging responsibilities on "So You Think You Can Dance?" Plus, it sounds like the sequel might just have been a little too ambitious since Shankman mentioned back in January of 2009, "[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." I can't imagine the studio was thrilled about returning to John Waters' unique storytelling style, but we'll never see what it might have been like.