Rock legends The Who have hit out at the forthcoming sequel to their 1979 film Quadrophenia, branding it ‘totally ridiculous” and “a blatant attempt to cash-in” on the original.
As reported on AAA Edinburgh last month, original cast members Phil Daniels and Toyah Wilcox are to reprise their roles in the follow-up to the iconic British movie, which is due to start shooting this summer, 37 years after the original was released.
The sequel, based on the book To Be Someone by Peter Meadow, is expected to be released next year, and will be directed by Ray Burdis (The Krays, Love, Honour and Obey, The Wee Man).
But, in a strongly-worded statement, The Who and their manager Bill Curbishley have denied any involvement in the new film.
The statement said: “As far as the group and original producer Bill Curbishley are concerned, the new film is a blatant attempt to cash in on the original film’s enduring popularity.”
Curbishley added: “Quadrophenia is a significant and influential film based on The Who’s music, not some Carry On franchise. Any follow-up could only be made by the authors of the original and would need to be worthy of the name. This karaoke sequel announced recently would be totally ridiculous.”
The new film doesn’t feature Sting, Leslie Ash or Ray Winstone from the original, let alone any words or music from The Who.
Curbishley added: “I find it hard to understand why any of the original cast would lend themselves to this crass attempt to cash in on the excellence of the original, when this quite clearly isn’t a sequel.”
The statement concluded: “For the avoidance of doubt, this project isn’t endorsed by The Who, Who Films, Universal or any of the other rights owners of the original.”
The 1979 adaptation of The Who’s 1973 rock opera focussed on the violent clashes between rival gangs of Mods and Rockers at seaside resort Brighton in the 1960s, and the sequel will meet up with the characters at a later stage in their lives.