The sequel to the 1979 film version of The Who's "Quadrophenia," which Pete Townshend tipped us to nearly a year ago, will begin filming this summer.
"To Be Someone" is based on the novel by Peter Meadow, which was inspired by the characters in "Quadrophenia" and had Townshend's full blessing.
Ray Burdis will direct, while original "Quadrophenia" cast members Phil Daniels, Toyah Wilcox, Mark Wingett and Trevor Laird will reprise their roles in the new film.
In a statement Burdis said that,
"It wasn't difficult to get the cast members signed up as they all loved the script...People are banging the door down to be in the film, and there are some more big names to be announced. I'm hoping it will spark a new generation of fans -- kids who have got nothing to grasp onto like the punk days, and we need something refreshing to come through. We need to have young blood in this film -- and young talented bands. Obviously we'll have a couple of classic tracks, too, for the original generation."
The film comes on the heels of last year's "Classic Quadrophenia" orchestral adaptation of the rock opera, and Townshend tells us that the piece's flexibility is indicative of his own attitude towards music in general:
"I'm sure that I've always been very open-minded about music and what music does and 'Tommy' and the genres that we cling to...Brought up by a father who was a very, very against musical snobbery, and Kit Lambert, my manager, very, very against musical snobbery, and my father-in-law Edwin Astley was the same. They all hated snobbery in music that came from people saying, 'Only this kind of jazz is any good' or 'Only this kind of blues is any good' or nowadays only this kind of grunge or rap or hip-hop is any good, and all the rest are rubbish."
The Who begins a run of summer festival shows and headlining concerts in Europe on June 11 and will play October 9 and 16 at the Desert Trip festival in Indio, Calif.
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Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.