I hope that title grabbed your attention, as this is exciting news. It has been twenty-five years since Ian Curtis, former lead singer of Joy Division, was found dead in his home. Throughout 2005, New Order would toss in a few Joy Division songs during their sets when they were on tour supporting their new album, Waiting For The Siren’s Call to pay homage to Curtis. In addition they played a set that was comprised almost solely of Joy Division songs as a tribute to the late and great John Peel. Now, New Order is currently working on new material for the biopic of Ian Curtis. Director Anton Corbijn has asked the Manchester group to contribute songs for the film that is based on a book by Ian Curtis’ widow, Deborah.
Titled Control, the biopic had been planned for numerous years however Curtis’ family was never happy with the proposals they received until this one came to their attention. Bassist Peter Hook said, "We were asked to do the soundtrack to the film which I thought was a fucking great idea, for Joy Division to do the music for a Joy Division film because we've never really done a soundtrack before. The soundtrack could include new stuff. Basically Anton wants to use certain songs by Joy Division so that each song becomes a video. Like the way the “Atmosphere” video was filmed, he wants to write videos that appear in the film. Every time we get accolades for Joy Division it makes [Ian's suicide] sadder, especially with the film. Working on the film has made the whole thing seem more poignant."
Casting has yet to begin, however expect a big name actor to play the part of Curtis.