Round 1: Roger Daltrey kicked off about the new film, saying it was a blatant attempt to cash in.
“It's just a money-making exercise. Quadrophenia stands on its own and is an iconic film. We haven't given this project our blessing.”
Bill Curbishley, the Who’s manager and producer of the original film said:
"Quadrophenia has an enduring appeal and will forever be THE definitive mod film. Quadrophenia is a significant and influential film based on The Who’s music not some Carry On franchise. Any follow-up to this film could only be made by the authors of the original and would need to be worthy of the name. This karaoke sequel announced recently in the press would be totally ridiculous."
He also said the film:
“...quite clearly isn’t a sequel”
“If The Who's management had actually read the script of To Be Someone, they would have realised it is a stand-alone film based on modern day Mod culture.”
"It’s a feelgood, fun, fashion and music extravaganza.”
Ray originally said about the film:
“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.”
So I guess it’s a draw so far. We’ll have to see how the film turns out, although various people I've chatted to expect it to be total crap.
I’m all up for there it being a new film. But some rehash that includes all the old characters and old cliches might be a bit dodgy.