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Feb 23rd
09:20 am
Hairspray 2 is not going to happen  
Someone mentioned to me that Adam had twittered recently to somebody about Hairspray 2.

Well we weren't content with how vague that sounded so jeezbee twittered at Adam and he responded, though with news that will disappoint some.

I think in some ways the writing was on the wall for this. Sequels are risky, musicals are risky. The project had a lot of heat at the beginning but that was dwindling. Plus the more time passed, the less likely it was that Zac would come back. And, while I know he made many friends among the cast and probably felt an intense loyalty to them and to his experience, I think it was always going to be an issue that doing another musical might just not work for him at this point in his career as he tries to establish himself in other genres and with other (male) audiences. It sucks that musicals aren't as loved and respected by as a wide an audience as they used to be, but that's the way it is. Hopefully eventually things will be different. Because I'd love to see Zac in another musical someday.

I know there will be a mixed reaction to this news. So right up front I'm going to say it, if you comment negatively (outwardly or even passive-aggressively) about Hairspray or anyone involved... I will be a very sad and very angry panda. Move along somewhere else if you want to celebrate this.

This is a good opportunity, in fact, to say this goes for anything or anyone you don't like, including Vanessa. It pains me when people shit on something they know someone else here cares very deeply about. And you know what's worse? Zac cares about these things. You are attacking something or someone Zac cares about. You don't have to like the topic, but in the spirit of community and of respecting your fellow commenters and Zac, please don't do it here.
Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
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Beejeezbee on February 23rd, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
A big hug to everyone who needs it.
jessica3311: NKITjessica3311 on February 23rd, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
thank u LOL :(
Shruticalcified on February 23rd, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
Hopefully eventually things will be different. Because I'd love to see Zac in another musical someday.

I do think there are some musicals/musical subgenres (i.e. some of the off-beat stuff, or like acclaimed things like a BLuhrmann, or even that musical Apatow is/was? working on) that might work for him in the much nearer future, but I would also be hella sad if we never saw Z sing or dance again. So ITA, basically.
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Shruticalcified on February 23rd, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
Uh he's a soprano...
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Shruti: Film | Kindergartencalcified on February 23rd, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
I once read this HSM2 review where they talked about how Z's singing voice is so much lower than Drew's that it was like getting a lady had finally made him a man.
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on February 23rd, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
awwww.....very well said....Link will forever be one of my fav Zac!characters.....

definite word can be good. and i like how optimistic adam always is. that's why he has such a big fanbase. i think the oscars will be special with him behind the helm, and combined with this year's hosts, it has the potential to be an awesome show.

i'm also so excited about zac moving forward, i love how he is trying to present himself, and i think he will continue to win people over. look at how many he has converted so far?

its a good time to be a Zac!Fan LOL

aurelia92aurelia92 on February 23rd, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
i don't understand why some people don't like musicals (okay i used to say i didn't like musicals, but that was before i'd seen any). even my dad loved hairspray, and he's a classical pianist who usually hates anything that's not classical music:P

i really hope Zac does a musical again sometime in the future, but for now, i'm happy to see him experiment a little.
Anna: act | it's just a little crushmodernthirst on February 23rd, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
Oh man I was watching the Step Up actor/director commentary the other night and they pointed out that Shankman was in one of the dancing scenes (the club scene w/the line dance) and it was SUPER CUTE. He was v. enthusiastic.
Shruticalcified on February 23rd, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
This comment feels incomplete without a random tidbit from The Life of Channing Tatum.
Annamodernthirst on February 23rd, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on February 23rd, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
awwww i don't think i ever saw that! i hated how many different versions of the DVD there were :(

i couldn't buy them all!
Annamodernthirst on February 23rd, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Whatttt I didn't know there were different versions. Now I need to investigate to see if I am missing out on bc I think I just have the regular one.
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on February 23rd, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
ZOMG there were at least 4 different versions...i think, including blu-ray Vs DVD! it was rather annoying LOL

Annamodernthirst on February 23rd, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
wait are you talking about step up or hairspray
butterflybee260: think bigbutterflybee260 on February 23rd, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)

I don't think its news to anyone that I'm really sad about this. Its not hugely surprising but I was really hoping they could make it happen. Hairspray will always be my favorite movie and I was hoping they would be able to make it work for round two especially since the cast was so positive but I guess not, at least for now.

Sigh. :(
jessica3311: ZNLK first kissjessica3311 on February 23rd, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
Cady I want to thank you for your post about commenting on this. It means a lot. Im not going to lie...Im pretty heart broken....but it is what it is. I agree it was hot when the idea first came out....and everyone involved wanted it to be done right....but things just didnt fall into place with timing it seems.

It does suck because most of the cast when asked seemed positive about the idea.....Hairspray will always be one of my favorite movies and what made me the Zac fan which I am so I am grateful for.

Edited at 2010-02-23 06:09 pm (UTC)
The Writers Denmusewriter on February 23rd, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
I am so sad about this...not to mention it hit during midterm week when I'm really stressed anyway. Bad timing.

Hairspray will always be a movie that means a lot to me for a number of reasons. It's really special to me because it made me a Zac fan. Without it I wouldn't even know who Zac is.

More importantly though, it gave me some of my best friends and awesome friendships. It's sad that it won't be happening since the cast was so positive butn I'd rather know than be strung along with false hope. But in the end...it still really sucks.
Audrey: zefkylijah on February 23rd, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Sooo, isnt that strange he's announcing this on twitter but not through any more 'official' channels?

Anyway, I cant say I'm disapointed, I'm one of the very few (it seems) to have found it very difficult to sit through 2hrs of Hairspray (it took me 4 attempts to finish it). I did enjoy Zac in it though (big shocker).

I do hope he'll do another musical one day.. or something that involves singing. The scene in MAOW where he sings is my favourite (actually the two singing scenes are good but you know which one I mean) - and for once I felt this was closer to what he should sound like rather than anything he's done before. Not sure if that makes any sense but anyway..

Isabelabelaserpa on February 23rd, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
Wait, there are TWO singing scenes???
God, I need to watch this movie D:
Audrey: zefkylijah on February 23rd, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
Oh yes you do! It's my favourite Zac movie - the one that really swayed me.

The two singing scenes put together are only like 5 minutes of the whole movie but they're worth it! (wont say more, you need to see it)
Isabelabelaserpa on February 23rd, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
I'll watch it someday! When the dvd comes out...Or when I find a download link.
Too bad this movie didn't get a distributor here.
Audrey: zefkylijah on February 24th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
yeah.. I havent seen any download link. Which is weird cos everything gets leaked these days. As for the dvd, there's no date in the pipeline it seems. I did hear about Tesco trying to get an exclusive distribution deal, but that's in the UK. Where do you live then? I'm sorry you didnt get to see it at the theatres, that sucks.
snowwhiteangsnowwhiteang on February 23rd, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
Wow, I loved your last paragraph, I couldnt have said it better myself. I'm actually going to use this and quote you!

IF U SEE K-A-H-L-I-L: Kanye Westvilain_garcon on February 23rd, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
elena_claytonelena_clayton on February 23rd, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
so have to watch hairspray now.

in my opinion, the best movie musical ever. (hsm123 a close second, natch)
samwise gamgee.colfer on February 23rd, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
i'm sort of relieved about this, honestly. i don't think a sequel would be a good idea, and i agree with something someone else said in a comment a few entries of yours ago about doing another musical at this point being a step backward for zac.
lmv191lmv191 on February 23rd, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I had already decided this wasn't happening about six months ago. And part of me is relieved... I wasn't really happy with some of the script ideas that were doing the rounds, and it seemed like it would be really hard to get all the cast back - including Zac. It would have been awesome if done well, but it kind of looked like the chances of that happening were getting smaller and smaller... (Or maybe just felt like it to me!)
Spaßbremsespassbremse123 on February 24th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
Thank god tbh... it's too good for a sequel imho