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Monday 27 April 2015

Movie to tell story of The Clash

Mick Jones and Paul Simonon have given their blessing to the Clash movie
Mick Jones and Paul Simonon have given their blessing to the Clash movie

The creation of classic album London Calling by punk pioneers The Clash is to be brought to life in a new movie biopic.

Award-winning writer Jez Butterworth - whose play Jerusalem has recently transferred to Broadway - is to script the film to be made by the company behind successes like Tamara Drewe and The Other Boleyn Girl.

Former Clash stars Paul Simonon and Mick Jones, who have now joined the line-up of Gorillaz, are executive producers and advisors for the film, which will be called London Calling.

The album was the band's third release and saw the quartet leaving behind the three-chord crunching and sloganeering of their early days and embracing jazz, blues and reggae.

It was famously named the greatest release of the 1980s by Rolling Stone magazine, despite being released in the UK in 1979.

London Calling saw the band team up with colourful music industry figure Guy Stevens who produced the double album at the now closed Wessex Studios in Highbury, north London.

The sprawling album proved to be a high point of the band's career and led to them finding success in the US.

The film has not yet been cast but will begin filming next year. It is to be made by Ruby Film and Television, which has scored a number of successes in recent years and is one of the UK's most prolific production companies.

Producer of the film Alison Owens said: "Fans of The Clash all over the world have been waiting a long time to see their extraordinary story played out properly and accurately on the big screen.

"We're happy that Mick and Paul have given the project their blessing and are on board to help steer the ship."

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