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Higher and Harder: Hairspray 2

Break out your brush and stay away from open flame, New Line is about to bust out more Hairspray. The studio has made a deal with the musical's creator John Waters to write a treatment for a sequel to the 2007 hit. According to Variety, director-choreographer Adam Shankman will return for another go, along with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, as well as songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who've pledged to write new songs for the film. And while none of the original cast has signed on yet for a sequel, the story will pick up back in 1962 and follow the Turnblad family after the resolution of the first movie. Hairspray has grossed over $200 million since its release last summer, and New Line wants a new one for a summer release in 2010.

I won't deny that I loved the first one. And by first I mean last summer's version--the one that was based on the stage musical (which in turn was based on the 1988 movie version). I'm a sucker for catchy tunes and choreographed group dance numbers and Christopher Walken. Which means I'll probably go see the sequel. Waters is currently in production on Fruitcake about a boy named after his favorite dessert, which promises to be just as weird as it sounds. Hopefully he'll get the really demented Waters trademark shit out of the way on that flick and leave the mostly normal stuff for Hairspray 2. I mean, a Hairspray movie should be a little weird, but a Pink Flamingo-esque dog crap scene shouldn't really be set to music. Though if anyone could pull it off, it would probably be Christopher Walken.

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