If the announcement that the critically acclaimed British rock band The Stone Roses was reuniting for a series of concerts after 15 years wasn’t enough for fans, it appears as if there are two film projects centering around the group that are in the works as well.
Set to begin production in March is Spike Island, a drama about the band’s famous May 1990 outdoor concert. Although marked at the time with poor sound, bad organization and the band’s infamous press conference, the concert has since gained a mythic stature that has been compared to Woodstock.
Directing Spike Island will be Mat Whitecross, no stranger to rock and roll stories thanks to his Ian Drury bio-pic Sex&drugs&rock&roll. Elliott Tittensor and Matthew McNulty are signed on to star and the band has already given their permission for their music to be used in the film.
Fans who weren’t able to get tickets to the Stone Roses’ announced reunion shows that sold out in 15 minutes can take heart in the fact that Shane Meadows is in negotiation with the band to film them next June. Meadows filmed the band’s press conference last week announcing the reunion. He is currently editing his television series This Is England `88, a follow up to his BAFTA-winning film about British punks in the early 80s This Is England.
The band shot to the top of Britain’s music charts in 1989 on the strength of their self-titled debut album and the singles “She Bangs The Drums” and “Fool’s Gold.” After a prolonged legal squabble with their label, the band released a second album in 1994 before spliting-up two years later.