In December of 1979 a punk band consisting of members Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Nicky Headon released their third studio album (those are what we had before CDs, you young whippersnappers), London Calling. The songs were a glorious mix of music styles, including punk, rockabilly, reggae and ska and London Calling is often referred to as one of the greatest albums ever recorded. The title track was The Clash’s highest charting single. And now, fans of the band will finally get to see the story behind the band and the making of this iconic recording.
The film will cover producer Guy Stevens’ (who had worked with The Who and The Rolling Stones) effect on London Calling; the band consistently credited Stevens for the album’s quality and even wrote a song for him when Stevens died.
Not content to just give their blessings, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon are set to executive produce the film which will be scripted by Jez Butterworth (Fair Game). London Calling starts shooting in 2011 but is yet to be cast.