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Talking Pimples!! Efron Sings Kinks-esque Tunes!! Walken the Chubby Chaser!! John Waters' HAIRSPRAY 2 Story Details Emerge!!

Merrick here...
A while back we learned that The Powers The Be were moving towards a sequel to 2007's HAIRSPRAY. MTV just got wind of what John Waters is up to with his treatment/outline/whatever it is for the film continuation, including plot points and a hint at some musical styles we'll likely come across this time around.
As for the plot, he said: “People hate Tracy (Nikki Blonsky) because she doesn’t lose weight. They ask ‘Now that you’re famous, why won’t you lose weight?’. And Link (Efron) experiments with drugs. Throughout half the movie, he has an ongoing dialogue with three pimples on his forehead.” “Edna (John Travolta) loses weight, but sees her husband (Christopher Walken) lusting after fat women,” Shaiman laughed, citing one of the musical numbers he’s particularly eager to write. “And so, she finally breaks down and runs over to a snack table. Just within one number, she gets fat again; gaining 20 pounds at a time. [Her fat] pops out, and by the end of the song she’s completely at her old weight again.”
...says THIS WRITE-UP at MTV, which goes on to reveal other details from the film. I didn't hate the 2007 film, bored the crap out of me. The sequel sounds like it could have some unhinged fun, assuming they're allowed to get away with this.

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  • Dec. 9, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Finally, My Chance To Be First...

    by Sean38

    ...and it's in a Hairspray talkback. Story of my life.

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Who asked for this?

    by Shan

    Bueller? ... Bueller?

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    This is going to be terrible...

    by Anna Valerious

    And man, didn't they already do the talking zit thing on "Don't Just Sit There" and "Wizards of Waverly Place" already?

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Hairspray 2...

    by ReZourceman

    Hairspray Harder.

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Drug plot won't fly

    by Beezbo

    Despite some adult themes, they marketed "Hairspray" to kids (my 5 year-old has the dolls).

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Bleah bleah bleah!

    by RogueWarrior65

    Can Efron just please go away and take the Jonas Bothers [sic] with him? I turned on HSM2 briefly the other night to ogle the russian girl and could barely stand it. The kid's acting ability is nonexistent. Oh, and take that Twilight franchise along for the ride.

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    That just sounds weird.

    by Darkman

    Not enough to talk me out of seeing it (I quite liked the first film), but...whoa.

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Pink Flamingos 2: Puke Harder

    by The Amazing G

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Rather hear about my eyeballs being raped

    by most excellent ninja

    I hate musicals. And I hate when camp is seen as cool. John Waters is not cool.

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 10:41 a.m. CST


    by GeorgieBoy

    But I guess you knew that already.

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Terminator Salvaltion trailer here!!

    by chuffsterUK Looks fucking sweet!

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST

    who is waiting for this????

    by j2talk

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Because I can't get enough of John Travolta's

    by skimn

    Cabbage Patch Kid make up job. Christ on a cracker, John Waters, don't fall into the spiral of the John Carpenter se-make disease. Direct something new yourself!!

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST


    by Kubla_Khan

    That's all I have to say. Until next time...

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Did he just spoil the ending? Why?

    by ricarleite

    Without Divine, it aint Hairspray!

  • Dec. 9, 2008, noon CST


    by turketron

    The only reaction warranted for news about this on this site is to RAGE

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Amanda Bynes felt great!

    by Alex Mack

    I accidently touched her butt at a premiere once when she backed into me. It felt great! All she said was "oh, I'm sorry". She has a nice ass and she's polite!

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Bored the crap out of you? You need some serious lessons in tast

    by Pdorwick

    If you don't like musicals just say so and go back to waiting for "Watchmen" to come out but don't insult people who do by voicing your uninformed, inane opinions. "Hairspray" is, by far, the modern era's best musical. ("Chicago"?, please...)

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST

    travolta said he didnt want to reprise the role

    by bacci40

    at least, that is what i heard...i say get johnny depp....he is cuter

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST

    why is this cool news?

    by ZO


  • Dec. 9, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST


    by Judge Briggs

    Cause it's not cool at all! Where are all of the talkbacks for Fringe, Terminator, etc... ?

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Female Trouble 2: Hot Flashes

    by Dr Gregory House

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Female Trouble 33 1/3: The Smell of Fish

    by turketron

    Have you ever felt... not so fresh?

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Talking pimples??

    by skimn

    Thats such a wild idea that Family Guy might rip it off. Oh wait..

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Boycot this.

    by W3bzpinn3r

    The idiot slandered and pressured people and businesses for exercising their CONSTITUTIONAL rights in support of Prop 8. Anyone who who resorts to such thuggery deserves the same back at him. Send this gay liberal bigot back to wherever he came from.

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Family guy had that stupid son character


    talking to a pimple on his cheek. unfucking original! I'm sure i've seen the chubby chaser plot theme before too, and the whole lose weight shit. That Delta Burke tv show. Fucking Lifters!

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 2:47 p.m. CST

    And The Dairly OddParents had a kid with a talking pimple...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...before Family Guy had it.

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Hairspray 2: Moose

    by Frodo T. Baggins

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Hairspray 2: Dapper Dan

    by Frodo T. Baggins

    God Damnit!

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Hairspray 2: Gellin

    by Frodo T. Baggins

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Hairspray 2: Faup

    by Frodo T. Baggins

    I Dont Want Faup God Damnit! Im A Dapper Dan Man.

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Hairspray 2: Just For Me

    by Frodo T. Baggins

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Hairspray 2: Soul Glow

    by Frodo T. Baggins

    Let Yo Soooooouuuul Glooooow

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST

    If they don't get Travolta back, I'll pass...

    by cifra

    ... loved the first one and I am seriously disappointed they're making an unneccesary sequel. And what is more, that it is going to ignore the logichal consequences of the first one (the cops were still looking for Tracy for assault!)

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Whorespray 2: Lesbian Bukkake: Queef Edition

    by turketron

    Only way I would watch.

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    I thought that John Travolta's character in Hairspray

    by Amy Chasing

    was the single most scary thing in a Hollywood movie. I couldn't finish watching Hairspray because he/she/it looked just too damn freaky for me to feel entertained, let alone comfortable. <P> Seriously seeing Travolta's face coming out of a supposedly woman's body, and a mother at that. It's wrong. It's just sooooo wrong. What - aren't there any actual women that could have played the role?

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    hey W3bzpinn3r

    by The Amazing G

    please go somewhere else, thank you

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Iron Man bored the crap out of me.

    by Power_Girl

    Hairspray rules! I saw that movie thrice at the cinemas. Bring on part two!!! Pimple plot sounds a bit odd though.

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Transformers also bored the crap out of me.

    by Power_Girl

    What does Hairspray have that Transformers and Iron Man do not? <p> Artistic integrity!

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Comparing Hairspray to Iron Man...

    by Amy Chasing

    apples and volkwagens anyone? <P> Bit like comparing Singin' In The Rain with The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. Both are hugely entertaining in their own ways. You don't like one way, your loss.

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Amy Chasing

    by Power_Girl

    Just saying Iron Man bored the crap out of me and has no artistic integrity! <p> You are miss interpreting my comparison. The comparison I made was in terms to one film having artistic integrity and one not. I was not pointing out a resemblance or similarity between them... Your simple black and white mind came to that conclusion. <p> And I did say "Iron Man bored the crap out of me." with "me" being the key word. The article ragged on Hairspray so I ragged on it's polar opposite.

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 8:33 p.m. CST


    by Amy Chasing

    I'm not "miss interpreting" anything. You're bored by Iron Man and not by Hairspray (essentially your words). Both are not boring, you just prefer Hairspray entertainment to the Iron Man variety. <P> But just out of the morbid curiosity of my simple mind, how do you define artistic integrity? Top notch comic book story, acting, costumes, special effects, music, etc. not good enough for you eh? But Travolta in a fat suit - that's class?

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 9:45 p.m. CST


    by VoldemortWearsPrada

    That's the question Hollywood really should ask itself more often. Why remake what is arguably John Waters' best film (and inarguably a decent film no matter how you look at it) as a soft-centred musical? and why make a sequel to the soft-centred musical? Why? Why ??? Answer: $$$

  • Dec. 10, 2008, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Orginal Was Better

    by LeftFoot

    The original was better. Partially because it had a slight sleezy feel to it. A little subversive. It did not take itself so seriously or have that over produced feel to it. <P>A sequel of the remake will be even further from the original. And John Travolta is generally boring.

  • Dec. 10, 2008, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Actually der, that was a boil.

    by Anna Valerious

    And Elmer's boil wants world domination. (Pustulio from "Invader ZIM", however, never talked.) Oh, I almost forgot one-"The Drew Carey Show".

  • Dec. 10, 2008, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Grease 2, anyone???

    by zastrow

    Have we not learned our lesson when it comes to sequels to musicals?

  • Dec. 10, 2008, 11:20 a.m. CST


    by Potch

    Someone please tell me that Shaikman was joking. Seriously, he HAS to be. As a fan of the Broadway musical and the movie, those plot lines take away from what made Hairspray great. Hairspray is about overcoming obstacles despite appearance, be it weight, skin color, age, etc. And it's done in a light-hearted, fun way. When I heard they were making a sequel, I figured it would be awful, and this just solidifies it.

  • Dec. 10, 2008, 3:12 p.m. CST

    I never thought I'd see the day...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...where John Waters goes commercial. What's next, cats and dogs living together?!?!?!

  • Dec. 10, 2008, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Hairspray 2:

    by jtishere

    A Whole New Do<BR> <BR> Now THAT'S a John Waters title.