Biopic Planned for Original Who Manager Kit Lambert -
A new biopic based on the life of original Who manager Kit Lambert is heading to the big screen with the help of producer Orian Williams and actor Cary Elwes, who will be making his directorial debut, reports the Hollywood Reporter (via Ultimate Classic Rock).
The script for the newly conceived biopic has already been read by Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey with both ready to contribute biographical details, as well as providing the soundtrack.
Track Records founders Kit Lambert and the late-Chris Stamp guided the mod-icons through their formative years until the 1970s. Lambert discovered the them whilst making a film about another young London band and instead decided to focus on the Who's musical career.
Lambert, the son of a classical composer and conductor, first saw potential for greater development in rock beyond three-chord pop songs, and drove Townshend to explore deeper musical and lyrical ideas.
However, The Who were forced to fire Lambert in 1971 after a variety of failed business dealings and increased drug use. Lambert died at the age of 45 of a cerebral haemorrhage caused by falling down staircase at his mother's house after a night of heavy drinking.
The film is set to begin shooting in the spring of 2013. The screenplay was written by former Mojo magazine editor Pat Gilbert.