Adam Shankman Officially Pronounces Hairspray Sequel Dead

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.

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Reader Feedback - 9 Comments


Thank goodness! The first one was terrible

Antioch on Jun 2, 2010


i hated this movie.

JacksonLee on Jun 2, 2010


Could this mean there is a God? probably not but yay for good news!

Emily on Jun 2, 2010


Thank God!!!

Clover on Jun 3, 2010


Whew. That was a close one.

bozo on Jun 3, 2010


THANK ----ING GOD!!!! Travolta should've been banned from making anymore movies after that insult to our collective intelligence.

max on Jun 3, 2010


Shankman, the man who raped the oscars.

Al on Jun 3, 2010


"Relief washes over me in an awesome wave."

casting couch on Jun 3, 2010


Only ever watched this for Zac Efron! Me and my sister hate the main fatty! We saw a video of them snogging and we got well annoyed! We made up a fake radio broadcast bout her with a voice recorder and we were making fun of her 😀

Fizzzzz on Jul 14, 2011

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