Joy (Division) to the World

A quarter century after Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide, the remaining members of the band — in their current incarnation as New Order — are working on new material for a forthcoming Curtis biopic. The film, based on a memoir by Curtis’ widow, Deborah, will be directed by famed rock photographer Anton Corbijn and will be called Control. Bassist Peter Hook said the band is thrilled to participate in the project. “I thought it was a fucking great idea,” Hook told “The soundtrack could include new stuff. Basically Anton wants to use certain songs by Joy Division so that each song becomes a video.” Casting for the biopic is set to begin next spring.

In the meantime, New Order is considering paying further homage to Curtis and Joy Division by playing all-Joy Division live sets at some point in the future. “If we deem it to be enjoyable,” Hook said, “then we’ll do it.” Peter Hook seems to have been enjoying himself immensely of late by DJing: He’s taking his turntables on road in January ’06 and spinning in several U.S. cities.

Peter Hook DJ Sets:

1/12, Baltimore, MD (Ottobar)
1/13, Las Vegas, NV (Ice House Lounge)
1/14, Costa Mesa, CA (Detroit Club)
1/15, San Diego, CA (Casbah)
1/20, Denver, CO (Lipgloss Stanzi)
1/21, New York, NY (TBA)

New Order/Joy Division fan site

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