Back in 2005, we reported that Anton Corbijin had signed on to direct the film biography of Ian Curtis and Joy Division, titled Control. The film is currently in post-production, but an NME report with former Joy Division bassist Peter Hook implies that all is not well between the director and musician.

After the suicide of front man Ian Curtis, the band moved on from the post-punk movement of the early 80's and created a new style of alternative dance music as New Order. Corbijn's film is based on the book Touching From a Distance by Curtis' widow, Deborah, who is also co-producing. The film stars Sam Riley as Curtis and Samantha Morton as Deborah. During the creation of the soundtrack was when Hook claims things fell apart, "We're supposed to [record the film's soundtrack] but the problem is that he's telling us what to do. If we don't tell him how to direct, why is he telling us how to make music?"

All this seems like a bit of healthy ranting on the part of Hook, as the film is already in post-production and he hasn't made a move to take himself off the project. It might just be me, but it seems a little dangerous on Corbijn's part to alienate a member of the band you are making a film about. I'm guessing that Hook's comments to the press might not help the situation, but if the film is a success, I'm sure all will be forgiven.
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