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Special Feature: Shane Meadows and a new Stone Roses film?

Shane Meadows and The Stone Roses are said to be teaming up to produce a film to document their comeback tour later next year. Could it even be among the new film releases at the cinema in time for Christmas 2012? Having announced a trio of sell-out dates in Manchester’s Heaton Park in June next year (the first in 15 years), The Stone Roses have shown that the world still reveres them as one of the best bands to emerge from the ‘Madchester’ scene (and the UK indie scene) in the late 1980s, early 90s era. Tongues were wagging last week after This Is England (2006) director was spotted at a Roses press conference. Reports have since confirmed that there was indeed something in his appearance at the high profile event.

Meadows has, in fact, been commissioned to make a movie about the triumphant return of the Madchester lads, which he is reportedly very excited about. Mark Herbert of Warped Films, which produced Meadows’ Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) and This Is England, recently tweeted: “Just to clarify rumours on Shane Meadows and Warp Films doing Stone Roses documentary. We filmed the press conference last week but until we finish post on This Is England ’88 in Dec nothing will be finalised. We just jumped at chance to film the announcement. Exciting though!”

The Sun has reported that Meadows will stay with the band as they prepare to play homecoming shows next year. Standing at the forefront of the Madchester movement from the very start of their career, they released their self-titled debut album including hits Elephant Stone, She Bangs the Drums and the quintessential Fool’s Gold in 1989. The time comes with most bands that when they make the big time, they move over to a bigger label. However, when the Roses tried to move over from their original label, Silvertone, after their debut release shot them to indie stardom, the label refused to release them from their contract, and the usual legal battles ensued.

The scene trundled on without any input from them. Eventually resurfacing in 1994 to release their Second Coming LP, half the band quit during the tour that followed. So, after more than 15 years, have Madchester’s indie kings bridged the troubled waters? Well, 15 years is a long time, and they’re set to earn a lot. It’s reported that ticket sales reached £20 million within the first hour of release, their future certainly bodes well. If Meadows is with the band 24/7 and has his say on the final edit, we’ll probably get to see some nice, juicy band drama – Meadows has a renowned knack for capturing the grim, the gritty and the awkward.

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