Cary Elwes Making Directorial Debut on Film About The Who Manager
Many know Cary Elwes from his turns as Westley in The Princess Bride, Jerry in Liar Liar, Dr. Gordon in Saw or Robin Hood, man in tights. But now the actor is looking to get behind the camera with a film set in the world of rock and roll. THR has learned that Elwes is looking to make his directorial debut with a film about the life and death of Kit Lambert (right), the manager of the seminal rock band The Who. Band members and rock legends Pete Townsend and Roger Daltry approved the script and are clearing their song library to power Lambert's tale, as he discovered The Who while trying to make a film about a band.
Lambert also worked with artists like Jimi Hendrix, but it sounds like this story will follow Lambert and his work with The Who almost exclusively. But this isn't going to be entirely inspirational as producer Orian Williams calls it a "riches to rags" story since Lambert lost a huge amount of money towards the end of his career and fell into drugs and alcohol. However, his death came from a freak accident by falling down the stairs of his mother's house in 1981. But it's not all sad as Williams also says, ""Kit Lambert was one of the great engines of creativity and change in the 1960s. He used his wild behavior intelligently, to inspire a fearlessness that pushed The Who and others to break down musical and cultural walls."
As for the script, it comes from a great source. Pat Gilbert, who was an editor on the British music magazine Mojo, used old interviews with managers of groups like The Yardbirds and Wham! to piece together Lambert's story. It's the first script for Gilbert, so combining that with Elwes as a first-time director, there's a chance this could be rough, but we're hoping for the best.