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Joy Division to record new material

New Order are working on new material for the long-awaited biopic of former Joy Division singer Ian Curtis.

Director and celebrated rock photographer Anton Corbijn – most renowned for his work with U2 – has asked the legendary Manchester four-piece to contribute songs to the film ‘Control’.

The biopic, which is based on a book by Ian’s widow Deborah, had been planned for a number of years, but the late singer’s family were never happy with the proposals until earlier this year.

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.”

It is 25 years since Curtis was found hanging in his home. As a mark of respect to their former singer, New Order have been throwing in Joy Division songs during most of their sets throughout 2005. This culminated in the band playing a set almost entirely made up of Joy Division songs last month, as a tribute to the former Radio 1 DJ John Peel.

Hooky said the band are considering playing all-Joy Division sets at some stage in the future. He added: “We have actually talked about doing Joy Division sets and gigs but we haven’t actually found our footing yet. We did the festivals and had a bit of time off but because we’ve played two gigs recently and had the whole UK Hall Of Fame thing we haven’t really decided what we’re gonna do next. If we deem it to be enjoyable then we’ll do it.”

Casting for ‘Control’ is set to begin next spring and the production team are looking for a big screen actor to play the part of Curtis.