First it was a movie. Then it became a musical. Then, it became a movie based on a musical. Now, according to Queen Latifah, “Hairspray” is on its way to becoming a sequel.
“I got a secret e-mail about that recently,” the Queen has revealed to us, insisting that her character of Motormouth Maybelle is in for a comeback alongside co-stars John Travolta, Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes and others.
“I got an e-mail from people connected to the last movie,” the Oscar-nominated actress/hip-hop legend added. “It said: ‘Keep your ears peeled.’”
Based on John Waters’ 1988 cult classic, 2007’s hit musical told the story of a pleasantly plump teenager battling racism, an evil local Mom, and an undeniable desire to simply dance. A sequel would not only seem to necessitate a post-civil rights plotline, but also a bunch of brand-new songs as catchy as “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat.”
Any true “Hairspray” movie would undoubtedly have Waters involved in the writing process, and the original film featured a screenplay by Leslie Dixon based on the musical by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan.
“I don’t know what he’s writing or what the concept is,” added Latifah, likely referring to Waters or director Adam Shankman. “But I’m glad they’re doing another ‘Hairspray,’ and I’m glad he’s writing it.”
“It should be lots of fun,” she grinned, getting ready to tone up Maybelle’s vocal chords again. “I’d love to do another one. I’m around.”
If you were writing it, what “Hairspray 2” plotline would you put in the movie? Which actors would you like to see added to the cast?