Sorry, Musical Fans: Hairspray 2 has been pronounced dead. Choreographer Adam Shankman — who directed the 2007 revival of John Waters’ campy movie musical — has confirmed that plans for a sequel to the warmly-received flick have been dropped by executives at New Line studios.
“I’m going to kill that rumor now, that got killed,” Shankman says. “It’s ok, I was so happy with the first one, let’s leave well enough alone. It’s all good.”
Shankman offered no reason for the scrapped sequel plans, which come just months on the heels of Waters’ revelation that he had completed a raved-about script for the follow-up after being hired to pen the treatment by the studio.
“They liked it. They paid me. That’s the last I’ve heard of it… They asked me to write the treatment but I’m so obsessive I wrote every single thing that could happen to every character. It’s different. You can’t tell the same Hairspray story again, it’s been told three times.”
Hairspray 2 would have reunited much of the cast of its 2007 predecessor, which included Nikki Blonsky, Amanda Bynes, Queen Latifah, Brittany Snow, and John Travolta.