Kit Lambert, the very colorful manager of The Who, will be getting his story told on the big screen, according to a story reported in the Hollywood Reporter today. Actor Cary Elwes (Glory, The Princess Bride) will be sitting in the director’s chair for the film, which was written by former Mojo scribe Pat Gilbert with help from Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.
Lambert started out in documentary filmmaking before meeting The Who and taking over as their manager. According to Townshend, Lambert was important in encouraging the band to shift from the straightforward mod-rock of their early years towards the more complex, theatrical productions that made them superstars in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Lambert also started a record label, Track Records, with his business partner Chris Stamp; the label provided a young Jimi Hendrix with his first exposure in the U.K. However, Lambert’s insistence on shopping a Tommy film during the recording of Pete Townshend’s unreleased Lifehouse project created a rift between Lambert and the band that led to Lambert being fired in 1971. Lambert died in 1981 following a long period of drug and alcohol abuse.
The film will be brought to the screen by producer Orian Williams. This won’t be Williams’ first foray in the world of pop music; he had previously produced Anton Corbijn’s Joy Division biopic Control, and he is currently prepping a biopic about the lives of Tim and Jeff Buckley.