Clash album London Calling to spawn rock biopic

The Clash, pictured in 1983 Simonon and Jones (first and second left) will act as advisors

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The creation of classic album London Calling by punk band The Clash is to form the basis of a new music biopic.

Former Clash members Paul Simonon and Mick Jones will executive produce the film, named after the 1979 record.

Playwright Jez Butterworth will pen the script, which will tell how producer Guy Stevens worked with the band to create their most celebrated disc.

It will be produced by Alison Owen - mother of singer Lily Allen - and Paul Trijbits of Ruby Film and Television.

"Fans of The Clash all over the world have been waiting a long time to see their extraordinary story played out properly and accurately on the big screen," said Owen.

"We're happy that Mick and Paul have given the project their blessing and are on board to help steer the ship."

Butterworth - author of award-winning play Jerusalem - is writing his script with the support of the recently axed UK Film Council.

The cast of the film - which will begin shooting next year - has yet to be announced.

After The Clash disbanded in the mid-1980s, front man Joe Strummer appeared in a number of films before dying in 2002.

Jones and Simonon currently perform together as part of Damon Albarn's virtual pop band Gorillaz.

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