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Jan 5th
02:08 pm
Adam Shankman discloses more about Hairspray 2  

What's on tap for Hairspray 2: White Lipstick?

Summary for the tl.dr crowd:

Zac won't be drafted to Vietnam and probably won't be trippin on acid and/or talking to zits.
John Travolta hasn't said no yet.
Michelle Pfeiffer will not be in it most likely.

Last month, we broke big news on John Waters’ bizarre, top-secret script treatment blueprinting the upcoming “Hairspray 2.” The details were so weird, in fact, that as news spread across the Web some people thought composer/producer Marc Shaiman was joking.

Naturally, we had to take the story to the man himself, “Hairspray” director Adam Shankman – who not only confirmed it all, but also told us about a title possibility and the big-name star who won’t be returning when the sequel hits theaters in July 2010.

“It’s crazy,” Shankman laughed. “[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. Which I love, because then that becomes re-interpreted.”

Shankman admitted that while Waters does indeed want squeaky-clean Zac Efron to take acid (“or something like that”), the director will likely yank out that controversial story detail before they go to script. “I think that’s probably part of the treatment that won’t get used. And in the treatment, [Efron’s drug use] is an accident,” he said, explaining that he also won’t be asking the “High School Musical” star to have trippy conversations with the acne on his forehead. “That’s the kind of stuff where you’re like: ‘Yeah, I don’t know if that’s going to work.’”

The director (whose Adam Sandler comedy “Bedtime Stories” hits theaters Christmas Day) did say, however, that he’ll most likely keep John Travolta’s weight-loss storyline. “It has Edna getting hooked on diet pills,” he said of the parts he liked about Waters’ treatment, including a possible title. “Let’s put it this way: It’s called ‘Hairspray 2: White Lipstick.’ [That’s a] butch title. That’s what the treatment was called!”

As die-hard Waters fans know, his original title for 1998’s “Hairspray” was “White Lipstick,” named after the Sixties fashion fad.

Rumors have been swirling for months that John Travolta doesn’t want to don the fat suit again, but Shankman was quick to shoot them down: “That’s not what he said. He’s like ‘No, just keep going. And if it’s funny, I’ll do it.’”

The director did admit, however, that one person who most likely won’t return is the evil Velma Von Tussle. “Yeah, probably [no Michelle Pfeiffer],” he revealed. “Not because we didn’t love her, but because we just thought different adversaries [would be necessary].”

“There’ll be a change in villains,” he explained, likely also subtracting Brittany Snow, who played Pfeiffer’s daughter in the hit 2007 flick. “[Waters’ treatment] is ideas that we’re just going to pick and choose from, and we’ll see what happens with it.”

Oh, and here’s one last interesting tidbit: Although it is known that the film will use the Vietnam War as a backdrop, it’s not Zac Efron’s Link Larkin who’ll be drafted.

“No, it wasn’t Zac,” Shankman said, before catching himself. “Wow, you’re getting a lot out of me for something I said I wouldn’t talk about.”

Mood: blahblah
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butterflybee260butterflybee260 on January 6th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)

Don't draft Seaweed!! :( Or maybe Corny will get drafted..hm. lol.

I'm glad they cut out the talking zits and the drugs lol. Even though that would have been HILARIOUS.

I am wondering if Zac is going to choose between this and Footloose. It will be interesting to see, if he has to choose, which one he chooses..
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on January 6th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
It would be a tough decision and would probably depend on a lot of factors like screen time, which cast/crew he values more, and money even. But I think they can push off HS2 a few months if they wanted to since the characters are supposed to be a little bit older. And if they want John, they may have to wait for a bit anyway given his situation.

I'd love to see Zac do other genres... but at this point, I'm not convinced that getting labeled musical guy is that bad. If it keeps him working, then fine... especially if he's not getting other roles. He's smart and will use every opportunity to improve and grow.

And plenty of musical stars from the 30s were able to expand to drama later in their careers. So if the parallel path that he's started on keeps going, he should be okay.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on February 26th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on February 26th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)