Adam Shankman talks 'Hairspray' sequel

Poof up your pompadours and put on your dancing shoes: Last year’s musical hit Hairspray is one bop closer toward a sequel. “We just got an outline and some ideas from John Waters, and now we’re going out to writers,” director Adam Shankman tells EW exclusively. The story will follow Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) and her pals as they navigate the “next era of music,” the late ’60s. “That period was superpolitical,” Shankman adds, “it was a time of serious change.” No kidding: According to the filmmaker, heartthrob Link (Zac Efron) will channel his inner Austin Powers and become steeped in the British Invasion. “We’re trying to track, in a comedic way, the historical elements.”


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  • Anonymous

    Has any of these people like Efron signed on for this sequel?

  • graeme

    I just hope that they get Michelle Pfeiffer back.

  • Moonllama

    Why oh why do they need to sequelize everything that does halfway decent in the box office? I want more ORIGINAL movies! Use your brains, Hollywood!

  • kate

    nooooooooo please Zac don’t do it! its career suicide! Hairspray 2 has failure written all over it please don’t do it!

  • Jess

    OMG Im so excited for the sequel. I cant wait to hear more about it!!! I hope it is more centered on Link and Tracy but I do hope the entire original cast returns!

  • andreas

    HS2 is going to be so great! It will be so cool to see Nikki as Tracy again. She is so talented, beautiful and a have a great personality.

  • Mel

    Hmm this could be really funny. Adam is a genius, I bet it will be good.

  • Jennifer

    I’m so excited for this!!! I can’t wait to see more of this story, these characters, and the cast! It sounds fantastic already!!!

  • John

    HS did very well on the box office. With Adam, Nikki, Zac and the rest of the actors/crew HS2 will be fantastic. Sequals can work if it`s done right.

  • b

    This sounds like such a bad idea. Travolta already said he wouldn’t come back. That’s a sign!!! Don’t do it.

  • Anonymous

    This sounds like a really cool idea!!! Good move Zac!

  • Beth

    That’s a totally unnecessary sequel – they should leave Hairspray alone. And this sounds bad and will likely bomb.
    I hope the original cast members are smart enough to stay away!

  • kathy

    zac efron channeling austin powers?? don’t do it zac. this has fail written all over it.

  • Anonymous

    I hope this doesn’t happen. Sequels are everywhere, and really Zac, another musical? And one that sounds this unpromising? I think he has the potential to be so successful in this business, but he has to start showing more of his actual acting chops. Keeping my fingers crossed that this never comes to fruiton.

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