A Director for HAIRSPRAY movie musical:
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Adam Shankman, director of the surprise comedy hit "The Pacifier," is in negotiations to bring the musical version of "Hairspray" to the big screen.
The New Line Cinema project stems from the 2002 Tony-winning Broadway musical, which was based on maverick director John Waters' cult 1988 film.
The story follows an overweight teenager, Tracy Turnblad, whose dream is to dance on a American Bandstand-type show in 1962 Baltimore. Through her travails to get on the show, she racially integrates the town.
The movie was to have been directed by Jerry Mitchell and Jack O'Brien, who choreographed the musical and won a Tony for directing it. After they dropped out, the studio entered talks with Rob Marshall of "Chicago" fame, but he never committed.
Shankman, whose feature credits also include "Bringing Down the House," got his start as a dance and physical comedy choreographer. He worked on such movies as "The Flintstones," "Boogie Nights" and "Inspector Gadget." He also choreographed the musical episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and the opening credits of "Friends." He is in postproduction on "Cheaper by the Dozen 2."
No offers are out, but actors mentioned for roles in the film are John Travolta as Tracy's mom, Edna, Billy Crystal as Tracy's dad, Wilbur, Queen Latifah as black activist Motormouth Maybelle and Meryl Streep as the television producer.
Leah Hocking and Michelle Kittrell of ALL SHOOK UP join Hairspray:
As some of you may or may not know I am a huge fan of ALL SHOOK UP the now closed Elvis musical. One of ASU's finest- Miss Sandra herself- Leah Hocking is now the new Velma Von Tussle. Also joining Hairspray but not new to it is: Michelle Kitrell- One time Penny Pingleton is now swing/dance capt. If anyone sees the show with these two lovely ladies: please post a review.
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