The Who aren't supporting the "totally ridiculous" Quadrophenia sequel, according to their manager.
It was recently announced that a sequel to the 1979 movie, based on The Who's rock opera of the same name, would begin filming in the summer (16) with returning stars Phil Daniels, Toyah Wilcox, and Mark Wingett.
The new project, titled To Be Someone, would pick up 37 years from where Quadrophenia left off and be directed by Ray Burdis, who recently told Britain's Daily Mirror that the band's guitarist Pete Townshend had given the story his blessing.
The band and their manager Bill Curbishley have issued a statement denying any kind of involvement or endorsement in the project.
“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," the statement reads.
Curbishley continues, “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.”
He added that the movie wouldn't include any words or music from The Who, or feature leading stars of the original - Sting, Ray Winstone and Leslie Ash - and "clearly isn’t a sequel."
He concludes,“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 sequel will be based on Peter Meadows' To Be Someone book about a young boy who joins a Mods motorcycle gang.