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‘Hedwig’ inching way to bigscreen

Off-B'way tuner finds interest with DeVito's Jersey Shore

NEW YORK — “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is going the distance. The Off Broadway post-punk musical will soon be a motion picture, and Danny DeVito’s arthouse studio Jersey Shore is the leading contender to acquire the rights to a “Hedwig” pic.

Still, two other arthouse divisions of major studios are also said to be interested in the tuner, and all bids are not yet in.

Jersey Shore, formed by DeVito and partner Jonathan Weisgal, is producing 12 low-budget films over the next three years. But because of a production financing deal with October Films, an aggregate of seven partners will need to agree before the pic can be greenlit. They include October Film execs Scott Greenstein, Bingham Ray and John Schmidt, and Jersey’s DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher and Weisgal.

The musical focuses on the identity crisis of Hedwig, a German transsexual with a botched sex reassignment (hence the remaining “Angry Inch,” of the title) who flees to Kansas City and becomes a third-rate rocker. The tuner, currently in Gotham at the Jane Street Theater, is produced by Peter Askin, Susann Brinkley, and Jim Freydberg. It’s not clear if John Cameron Mitchell, who plays the title role and wrote the Off Broadway production, will star in the upcoming pic.

Co-producer Freydberg declined to comment on any film deal, except to say that “several independent studios” have expressed interest.

Jersey Shore execs could not be reached for comment.

(Dan Cox contributed to this report.)

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