John Cameron Mitchell writing a children's film

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com January 11 2002 1:00 AM ET

TVGuide.com reports that Hedwig and the Angry Inch director-writer-star John Cameron Mitchell is planning his next project, which sounds more family-friendly than his acclaimed rock musical about an East German transsexual. "I'm writing a children's film now," says Mitchell. "It's my own version of a Willy Wonka-type story." The project, titled Grandmaphone, will feature a Hedwig-esque mixture of live action and animation in telling a story about a young boy and his grandmother; Mitchell had originally envisioned the late Madeline Kahn playing the latter role.

The current awards season is a busy one for Mitchell--on Tuesday Hedwig received five Independent Spirit Award nominations, including Best Picture, and on Sunday, January 20, Mitchell will attend the Golden Globes as a Best Actor, Comedy/Musical, nominee. Asked about his chances of taking home a Globe, Mitchell replied, "I'm not going to win. I mean, [I'm up against] Gene Hackman. I'm just going to have a good time. It's the Golden Globes--it's going to be a hoot!"