New Line Cinema has inked a deal with Hairspray creator John Waters to write a treatment for a sequel to 2007's hit musical feature, according to Variety.
Planning to return are director-choreographer Adam Shankman, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and Tony-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who will write new songs for the film.
No cast has been engaged yet, and none of the stars of Hairspray had sequel options. But the studio hopes to reunite the original cast in a film that will be ready for release by Warner Bros. in mid-July 2010.
The original starred John Travolta (dolled up in a fat suit to play Edna), Christopher Walken and Nikki Blonsky as well as Zac Efron, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Marsden, Amanda Bynes, Elijah Kelley and Allison Janney.
The goal of the sequel is to pick up the Baltimore saga of the Turnblad family after the resolution of the first film, which was set in 1962.
There won't be movement on hiring a screenwriter until Waters completes his work. Leslie Dixon scripted the original. No production date set.