Actor Chris Coghill, who has portrayed the Happy Monday‘s Bez in the Factory Records biopic 24 Hour Party People, and appeared in the Manchester-set drama Shameless, has penned the script which will focus on an unsigned, working class band set against the backdrop of the Spike Island gig.
Misfits director Tom Green is to work on the film, and has been discussing the quality of the screenplay. “This is a raw and truly authentic rites-of-passage story,” he said. “It’s full of the humour, heartache, dreams and fears of being part of a brotherhood of mates, and set to the greatest record ever written. The Roses died in ’95. This is the resurrection.”
While co-producer Fiona Neilson has also given her seal of approval to the Coghill-penned script: “The Stone Roses changed our teenage lives and Chris has captured that perfectly, creating a screenplay that will appeal both to fans and to a broad audience who will fall in love with the characters and their story.”
The Stone Roses’ appearance at Spike Island was the crowning glory for the band following a period of huge success after the release of their classic debut album. Despite struggling with technical and sound problems throughout the day, the gig has gone down in history as the defining moment of the Madchester era.
According to reports, filming is set to begin later this year.