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'Hairspray' teases with sequel in the works

July 26, 2008 | 11:55 am

As per Variety, John Waters is working on a script for a sequel to last summer's hit movie musical "Hairspray." The plan is to pick up the story from the time the first film finished with a seemingly happily-ever-after ending and have this second go-round in theaters in mid-July 2010.


Waters wrote and helmed the original 1988 "Hairspray" film about teenagers in 1962 Baltimore that was source material for both a 2003 Tony Award-winning show and the 2007 movie musical. While the creative team from the 2007 version of "Hairspray" —  director/choreographer Adam Shankman, songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — is set to return as well, there is no word as to which of the cast will be coming back. Its stars included John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Queen Latifah and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Their turns in that tuneful film helped "Hairspray" to score a dazzling 93 at Rotten Tomatoes and a respectable 81 on MetaCritic. The movie made $119 million domestically and was a hit on both DVD and CD. The cast album scored a Grammy nom (losing to a real-life sound of the '60s -- the Beatles for "Love"). However, it did not do as well as expected when it came to the film awards. "Hairspray" was completely blanked by the Oscars, even after landing a surprise SAG nod for best ensemble (akin to a best picture nod). There this sunny, summer romp lost out to the eventual Oscar winner, the dark and dank drama "No Country for Old Men."

"Hairspray" also lost its three Golden Globe bids. (The award for best musical/comedy picture went to Sweeney Todd). Cross-dressing Travolta lost best actor to cutthroat Johnny Depp in "Sweeney Todd." Best actress nominee Nikki Blonsky got trounced by eventual Oscar winner Marion Cotillard for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose." Left out of the race was former Globe favorite Pfeiffer, who scored six nods in a row from 1989 to 1994, winning the award in 1990 for "The Fabulous Baker Boys." Latifah, who won a Globe that night for acting in the TV film "Life Support," was also snubbed, as was the powerhouse song "Come So Far" that she belted during the film's climax.


The Broadway version of this '60s songfest won eight Tonys in 2003, including best musical, actor and actress. Rialto vet Harvey Fierstein took home his fourth Tony by adding his own twists to his turn as Edna, a part  first played by Divine in the 1988 Waters film version.

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