John Cameron Mitchell, director of the superb Rabbit Hole, sexually explicit romcom Shortbus and both live and filmed versions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, has told his friend Kevin Sessums (via Vulture) that he’s got a Hedwig sequel brewing.
[Mitchell] is busy putting the finishing touches on his first draft of a Hedwig sequel and will be doing a reading and recreating the role of Hedwig on September 16th at a special performance at this year’s Afterglow Festival in Provincetown.
Collaborating with Mitchell is Stephen Trask who wrote the music and songs for the first show and film, and will perform just the same duties again.
In fact, this second instalment sounds to be somewhat instep with the tone of the original overall, with Sessums pledging:
it’s something that could only happen to Hedwig – a phantasmagoria with dollops of brutal reality interwoven into its multi-media narrative.
Sessums offers one direct quote from Mitchell, what seems to be an explication of the sequel’s themes:
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.
It’s not made explicit that Mitchell will be bringing this Hedwig to the screen, and the second chapter may only appear on stage.
Here’s a trailer for the first Hedwig film. It didn’t quite itch my inch, I should admit, but I really liked the basic idea and much of the spirit of the thing and would like to think a sequel could be more fulfilling for me.