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Friday
Dec142012

Biopic on The Who Manager Kit Lambert in Production

Kit Lambert w/Pete Townshend & Roger Daltrey; Chris Morphet/RedfernsA biopic about Kit Lambert, the rock impresario and former manager of The Who, is being planned for release in late spring of 2013. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey have read the script charting the life and death of the man that helped steer the group to success in the 1960s and 1970s.

Lambert discovered the group while he was trying to make a film about a new, promising band. He teamed up with Chris Stamp, and the two took charge of The Who’s career. Producer Orian Williams calls the movie “a riches to rags story.”

Lambert lost most of his money by the end of his career, and increased his drug and alcohol habits until his death -- the result of falling down the stairs of his mother's house in 1981. Stamp passed away last month at the age of 70.

Williams tells THR, “Kit Lambert was one of the great engines of creativity and change in the 1960s," adding, “He used his wild behavior intelligently, to inspire a fearlessness that pushed The Who and others to break down musical and cultural walls." 

The script is the first screenplay written by Pat Gilbert, a former editor of the British music magazine Mojo. He based the script on exclusive interviews with the managers of The Yardbirds, Marc Bolan, Japan and Wham!  Actor Cary Elwes will direct.

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