The Forthcoming ‘Quadrophenia’ Sequel Sounds Like a Wild Ride

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A scooter with a 'The Who' motif takes part in the 'Ride Out' during the annual Isle of Wight Scooter Festival on August 25, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960s Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of The Whos Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

A sequel to the 1979 film Quadrophenia, inspired by the Who‘s 1973 album of the same name, will reportedly start filming in London this summer. The news comes a cool 37 years after the original movie, but it’s been brewing so long that a potential sequel was already being referred to as “long-awaited” back in 2013.

In an ouroboros of classic-rock fandom, Quadrophenia 2 is said to be based on Peter Meadows’ To Be Someone, a book itself based on the original Quadrophenia. The first film pitted scooter-riding Mods against motorcycle-straddling Rockers in 1960s London; the sequel, set in the present day, will follow the same characters later in life. Several of the original cast are set to star, including Phil Daniels (Jimmy), Mark Wingett (Dave), and singer Toyah Willcox (Monkey), the Daily Mirror reports. Ray Burdis will direct; no word if any of the Who are formally involved.

“The natural journey for my character, nearly 40 years on, has seen her become a sexual predator, working in the sex industry as a madam,” Willcox told the Mirror. “She’s married to one of the other main characters and they’re swingers.” Okay then! This is the Mirror we’re talking about, so take this news with a grain of salt; we might still be speculating about the new Quadrophenia come 2019.

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