Clip: Joy Division Biopic May Star Jude Law
Joy Division Biopic May Star Jude Law
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James Gregory reports:
Since his suicide in 1980, Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis has become one
of indie rock's most romanticized heroes. A geeky James Dean, if you will,
who moaned hauntingly personal lyrics of emotional despair atop a stark
musical backdrop. Always ready to turn Greek tragedy into box office gold,
Hollywood has once again come knocking on Curtis' casket, as a biopic of
his short life is currently in production. Claraflora, a U.S. production
company, is producing the as-yet-untitled film to be based on the book
Touching from a Distance, written by Curtis's widow Deborah. Of course,
2002's excellent 24 Hour Party People has already told much of the Ian
Curtis/Joy Division story, but y'know, if Dante's Peak and Volcano can
co-exist in this crazy world, I say run with it.
Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook told the Manchester Evening News:
"The film is being made by Hollywood, but what's important is that they get
the story right." On the casting front, Hook said, "The whisper I've heard
is that Jude Law will probably play the role. It's not a bad choice. I
don't know why the guy who played Ian in 24 Hour Party People can't do it--
because he was absolutely brilliant. When our drummer, Bernard and I saw
him we were gobsmacked." (Translation: "To be smacked by Gob, the infamous
8th century Britannic warlord whose penchant for smacking has since been
On the subject of Curtis' portrayer, the film's producer, Todd Eckert, has
been more elusive, telling the BBC: "We are speaking with an actor who is
huge and looks rather a lot like Ian. He has just finished a couple of
films in which the only thing he listened to was Joy Division and New
Order." Last time we checked, Jude Law looked more like Simon LeBon, but we
suppose if they'll put Will Smith in boxer shorts and call his jiggy ass
Muhammad Ali, this may not be such a stretch. Ahh, if only Gary Oldman was
One final nugget of info on the proposed Curtis film-- which is not to be
confused with the forthcoming Jude Law film Closer, in which he plays a
character known only as "Dan"-- is that several reports are citing Moby as
a possible musical advisor for the project. That's when we reached for our
.: Pitchfork Review: Joy Division: Refractured
- It feels like Peel's influence is so particularly dominant right now - with
all the pop- and post-punk, reggae-influenced stuff, etc. he championed
making comebacks. But then thinking back just now reading that, when WASN'T
he 'particularly dominant'???
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- This is so very sad. I'm almost numb thinking about Johns' passing.
I guess we all have one or two genuine heros in life. John was one of
mine. I'll be forever grateful for the many bands he introduced me to
and for his sheer enthusiasm for music and musicians. He taught me to
look beyond the superficial and for that I will always be in his debt.
A very sad day.
--- In email@example.com, "Justin Hopper" <jhopper@s...> wrote:
> It feels like Peel's influence is so particularly dominant right now
> all the pop- and post-punk, reggae-influenced stuff, etc. he championed
> making comebacks. But then thinking back just now reading that, when
> he 'particularly dominant'???
> Justin Hopper
> Music Editor
> Pittsburgh City Paper
> 650 Smithfield St., Ste. 2200
> Pittsburgh, PA 15222
> phone: 412-316-3342 x165
> fax: 412-316-3388
- --On Tuesday, October 26, 2004 1:59 PM +0000 andyb240658
> This is so very sad. I'm almost numb thinking about Johns' passing.Has any radio programmer *ever* had a hand in introducing so many musical
> I guess we all have one or two genuine heros in life. John was one of
> mine. I'll be forever grateful for the many bands he introduced me to
> and for his sheer enthusiasm for music and musicians. He taught me to
> look beyond the superficial and for that I will always be in his debt.
> A very sad day.
acts to the masses? If you just include the Peel Sessions it's an amazing
list, stretching well beyond the genre limits for half a dozen American
stations let alone one man's show. And he was still keeping his ears open
at 65, no doubt would have continued along the same path for another 15
years had he lived that long.
My shows were better off for the example he set and the music he introduced
& hundreds of other DJs whose shows sound nothing like each other could say
the same thing.