Two summers ago, it seemed like New Line was very hot to have a sequel to their 2007 hit musical Hairspray, even going so far as to announce it for the summer of 2010.Well, here it is and a glimpse at the release calenders will show you that Hairspray 2 is nowhere to be found.
Director Adam Shankman broke the news this week while he was doing publicity for his upcoming appearance on the new season of the series So You Think You Can Dance. He doesn’t sound particularly upset by it, nor does he specify whether it was a creative or business decision.
I’m going to kill that rumor now, that got killed. It’s ok, I was so happy with the first one, let’s leave well enough alone. It’s all good.
Can’t say that I’m not relieved. While I enjoyed Hairspray, I felt no need or urge to follow-up the characters to see how they were getting along after the credits rolled. And let’s face it, how many musicals have had successful sequels? The only one I can think of is Funny Lady (1975), a follow up to the 1968 film adaptation of Funny Girl.
And from a business sense, I can see why they wouldn’t want to go forward unless they had a story that they truly thought was great. None of the first film’s cast’s contracts had clauses that would oblige them for a sequel. The producers would need to negotiate new deals with everyone for their participation, and I imagine that it would be costlier this time around. A large budget line for your cast means you’ll need to make more at the box office to break even.
Via Press Association.