August 12th, 2004:
Manchester Online reports that Jude Law might return to Manchester - to play tragic Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis in a film about the celebrated singer.
Producers of the biopic say they have lined up a "huge name" to play the lead role and ex-Joy Division star Peter Hook says he believes 32-year-old Law, who was in Manchester to film a remake of Alfie last year, is the front-runner to play the role of Curtis. Curtis killed himself in 1980, and the other members of Joy Division, including Hook, went on to form New Order.
US-based production company Claraflora is producing the as-yet-untitled film. It is based on the book Touching From A Distance, written by Curtis's widow Deborah. The guessing game to identify the actor is underway, all that's known is that he bears a physical resemblance to Curtis, the actor in question has just finished a couple of films and the only music he listened to was Joy Division and New Order.
... I'm not sure how I feel about this. It's bad enough they remade Alfie (one of the greatest films ever), but now they want to drag Ian out all over again. To be honest, I think the music speaks for itself. The story is right there for all to see. What else are they going to say? Seems exploitive to me. Nevertheless ... I'd still go see the film, Doh!