Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"Quadrophenia" Sequel to Be Shot With Much of the Original Cast

by VVN Music

If you've ever wondered what happened to the characters from the Who's classic rock opera Quadrophenia, you may not have long to wait.

A sequel is being planned for the story bringing the characters up into the modern day. The film will be based on the book To Be Someone: Jimmy's Story Continues - Inspired by Quandrophenia by Peter Meadows and approved by Pete Townshend, who created the original characters. Originally published in 2011, the book description read:

The swinging sixties. They say if you can remember them, you weren't there. A new generation of fashion-conscious, pill-popping teenagers emerged. Jimmy was there and he can remember the sixties - because he spent most of them behind bars. To Be Someone is Jimmy's story. He was no different from any other 18-year-old from 1964; he lives for the good times. Life was one big laugh - but the difference was that Jimmy had more than his fair share of bad luck. In this amusing cult novel, we hear how he goes from a very cocky, happy and sometimes confused teenager to a scooter-wrecking, car-taking, drug-dealing, cocaine-smuggling phoney gangster. Jimmy's met all them good guys, bad guys, gangsters, psychos, weirdos and even ghosts and ghouls. To say he's had an interesting life is an understatement. 
Shooting is said to begin this summer with the return of stars from the original 1979 film, Phil Daniels (Jimmy), Mark Wingett (Dave) and Toyah Willcox (Monkey) with one source adding Trevor Laird (Ferdy). Ray Burdis (Love, Honor and Obey) is set to direct.

Quadrophenia was the Who's second rock opera, after Tommy, and included such classics as The Real Me, 5:15 and Love Reign o'er Me. The 1979 film version was directed by Franc Roddam and used the music in the background rather than have it sung in opera style. An orchestral version of the work was released last year.