The Who are reportedly in talks to co-produce an eight-part TV drama, Mods and Rockers, about English rock’n’roll in the 1960s.
According to industry publication Screen Daily, guitarist Pete Townshend and frontman Roger Daltrey will work on the series, which is said to be set in the same kind of world as the band's 1979 film Quadrophenia.
The project is masterminded by Simon West, who directed Con Air, The Expendables 2 and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
“I’d like to shoot all episodes of a series in one go, back to back, then split them up,” West says. “That way I would get control over the look and essence of the piece from top to bottom.”
Townshend is also said to be working on a musical called Floss. Described as a response to the emblematic Who hit, My Generation, the new musical apparently follows a pub-rock musician who finds fame, but has serious problems after scaling the heights of pop success.
“I want to take on ageing and mortality, using the powerfully angry context of rock’n’roll,” Townshend has said of the project.
The Who tours of 2012 and 2013 saw Daltrey and Townshend perform Quadrophenia in full. There are plans for another tour this year and a possible new album.
“It might be a big waste of time,” Townshend told Billboard, “but I’m hoping there will be an album.”