The Who have attacked the reported sequel to their 1979 film Quadrophenia, calling it “a blatant attempt to cash-in” on the original movie.
Reports emerged last month that a new film, To Be Someone, would be made and set 35 years after the original Quadrophenia. It is apparently set to star several of the original cast, including Phil Daniels.
But, in a strongly-worded statement, The Who and their manager Bill Curbishley have denied any involvement in To Be Someone. 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.”
In addition to Daniels, To Be Someone will reportedly star Mark Wingett, Trevor Laird and singer Toyah Willcox from the original Quadrophenia cast. It’s based on the novel by author Peter Meadows, who “was inspired by the original” and directed by Ray Burdis, who produced the 1990 Kray brothers biopic The Krays.
But The Who’s statement said: “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 bt The Who, Who Films, Universal or any of the other rights owners of the original.”