The Who and Simon West Preparing TV Drama Mods and Rockers

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
The Who and Simon West Preparing TV Drama Mods and Rockers
The Who, original line up, performing in Chicago. Left to right: Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Pete Townshend. Wikimedia Commons/Jim Summaria

The Who, the iconic band from the 1960s, is planning on working with “Con Air” and “The Expendables” director Simon West to bring a TV series about the music scene in London in the 1960s. Tentatively entitled “Mods and Rockers,” the show is being developed as an eight-part series set for international distribution. Read further to learn more about this production.

In an exclusive with Screen Daily, Simon West said that he is already preparing the script for “Mods and Rockers” and has sought the help of Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey of The Who for the show’s development.  West will direct and produce the episodes, while the band members, who will also serve as producers, will be coming up with the music for the series. The band’s manager, Bill Curbishley, who worked behind the film “Quadrophenia,” which was based on one of The Who’s classic albums, is also on board as producer.

West clarified, however, that the series being developed will not be a remake of “Quadrophenia,” which was adapted into a movie in 1979.

“It will also cover the rockers’ side of the story and spills out into the wider world of swinging ‘60s London, taking in gangsters, music and fashion. The two tribes will be at the heart of it,” said West in the Screen Daily report.

“Mods and Rockers” is already being shopped around for networks and other production companies. NBC, by the way, is also set to do a ’60s-themed rock star drama about The Beatles, while Showtime has “Roadies,”  a Cameron Crowe series that will follow what goes on behind the scenes at rock concerts.

In their career, The Who was able to sell more than 100 million records. The band remains one of Britain’s most important rock acts, together with The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. The Who turns 50 this year, and they will be celebrating their anniversary with a tour that will start in November. A planned album is also in the works. The last time The Who released an album was in 2006.

In the meantime, British director Simon West is currently working on “Tolkien & Lewis,” the film based on the rise of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis in the literary world.  The movie is set for release in 2015.

And that’s it for the scoop about the collaboration between Simon West and The Who in the series “Mods and Rockers.” Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) as we keep you updated on this project’s development.

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Jim Summaria

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