If you’ve never seen Hedwig And The Angry Inch, the 2001 film version of John Cameron Mitchell’s audacious gay/trans musical, you’ve missed a treat. In fact you should stop reading this and go get a copy immediately. The movie follows Hedwig, a German immigrant to the US, whose botched sex change operation leaves her with the titular ‘angry inch’.
Now it’s been revealed that Mitchell is working on a follow-up, which appears destined for the stage at the moment, but let’s hope for a movie version too. The news was revealed by the writer/director/star’s friend, Kevin Sessums (via Vulture), who spoke to Mitchell and briefly mentioned the movie. According to the piece, it will be ‘something that could only happen to Hedwig – a phantasmagoria with dollops of brutal reality interwoven into its multi-media narrative.’ The music will be provided by Kevin Trask, who also penned the tunes for the original.
Mitchell isn’t saying much though, simply noting, ‘We spend so much of our early lives trying to figure out who we really are. And we spend the rest of our lives preparing ourselves to let it go.’
We can only hope a movie version eventually arrives, as Hedwig is one of the best LGBT movies ever made. It’s far from impossible, as since his musical success, Mitchell has become a successful director with the likes of Shortbus and Rabbit Hole.