There’s Only One Quadrophenia
Rumours of a sequel to Quadrophenia, the classic 1979 film based on The Who’s rock opera of the same name chronicling the story of London mods by the seaside, have been quashed by Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and Bill Curbishley (the producer of Quadrophenia, McVicar, The Railway Man and the manager of The Who).
Contrary to reports that The Who had endorsed the supposed sequel, nothing could be further from the truth. Producer Bill Curbishley commented that, “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”.
The new film, which doesn’t feature Sting, Leslie Ash or Ray Winstone, let along any words or music from The Who is, as far as the group and original producer are concerned, “a blatant attempt to cash in” on the original’s enduring popularity. Bill Curbishley added that he, “found 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”.
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.