In 1973, English rock group The Who released their second rock opera “Quadrophenia,” which loosely followed the story of young mod named Jimmy and his search for a place in the world. Six years later, Franc Roddam’s film adaptation of the album starring Phil Daniels (“Vinyl,” “Chicken Run”) as Jimmy, a kid who falls in with the mod culture only for his life to slowly spiral out of control, was released to mostly positive reviews. The Criterion Collection released a restored Blu-ray of the film featuring an all-new sound mix in 2012. Now, NME reports that a sequel is set to be filmed this summer, 37 years after the original film’s release.
The film will be based on the Pete Townshend-approved Peter Meadows book “To Be Someone,” which continued Jimmy’s adventures after the events of the film. It’s set to be directed by Ray Burdis, who previously produced “The Krays,” a drama based on the real-life exploits of the Kray twins and the London criminal underground. The film will feature returns from original cast members like Daniels and singer Toyah Wilcox, who played Monkey in the original film. Wilcox is quoted as saying that “Quadrophenia” has “never really gone away, as every new generation connects with it,” and that neither the cast or crew “realized the impact it would have at the time.”
The “Quadrophenia” sequel is expected to be released sometime next year.