Word on the boulevard is that the producers of "Hairspray" are penning a sequel to the successful musical that introduced the world to Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta as Hollywood's newest drag queen and Queen Latifah as a blonde.
None of the original cast--including Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken and Zac Efron are contractually obligated to do a sequel, but New Line is hoping that all will agree to re-up for the film that Warner Bros. would like to release in July 2010. According to Variety, the story would pick up where it left off with the Turnblad family (Blonsky, Travolta and Walken) adjusting to their new fame.
Latifah, as Motormouth Mabel, was one of the highlights of that flick. "Hairspray" was produced by the same team that guided Latifah in her Oscar-nominated role as Matron Mama Morton in 2002's "Chicago." The Jersey native will next be seen in Gina Prince-Bythewood's "The Secret Life of Bees" with Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson.
Although she won a Golden Globe and a SAG award for her performance in Nelson George's "Life Support" last year, 2008 was not a good year for the Queen on the silver screen. "Perfect Holiday," a film she produced and starred in tanked at the box office; as did "Mad Money" with Diane Keaton and Katie Holmes and "What Happens in Vegas" with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher has made $79.5 million (not necessarily a success by today's standards) to date but got no love from the critics.
And on top of that she was seriously injured earlier this month in a scooter accident in St. Thomas, V.I.
Hmm. Could it be that blondes do have more fun? Think about it Queen.