Director Adam Shankman cruised into San Francisco to sneak-preview scenes from the highly anticipated new movie musical “Hairspray,” set for a July release.
“I call it my Frankentrailer,” he said, introducing the 20-minute reel at a screening and reception Thursday for invited guests at Dolby Laboratories.
Describing the movie as “total insane asylum” and “a massive labor of love,” Shankman profusely thanked its stars, particularly Michelle Pfeiffer (“She calls herself Dr. No, because she doesn’t take jobs anymore”) and director John Waters, the man behind 1988’s original “Hairspray.”
He said Waters officially passed him the torch, telling him to do his own thing: “It was an amazing thing to do for the guy who made ‘Cheaper By the Dozen 2.’”
But Shankman may very well have to put his humility aside. If the entire movie plays as well as the shiny, invigorating — and truly touching — clip reel, he’s got a huge hit on his hands.
“Hairspray” stars John Travolta and Christopher Walken as Edna and Wilbur Turnblad, and newcomer Nikki Blonsky as their daughter Tracy, the full-size gal who takes racism in 1960s Baltimore to task with her good spirits — and dancing, of course.