Momentum has acquired U.K. distribution rights to “Control,” the long-gestating biopic of Ian Curtis, frontman of post-punk band Joy Division.
Pic began filming Monday in and around Nottingham, England.
Newcomer Sam Riley plays Curtis, who committed suicide in 1980 on the eve of the band’s first U.S. tour. Samantha Morton plays his wife, Deborah.
Expanding on Deborah Curtis’ memoirs, “Touching From a Distance,” Matt Greenhalgh’s script examines the musician’s struggle between his love for his wife and for his girlfriend, his bouts with epilepsy and his performances with the band.
German thesp Alexandra Maria Lara (“Downfall”) will play his mistress. Pic marks the directorial debut of rock shutterbug Anton Corbijn. “Control” is produced by Orian Williams, Corbijn and Todd Eckert for production company NorthSee. Peter Heslop is co-producing alongside Deborah Curtis, onetime Joy Division manager Tony Wilson and Helena Danielsson from Hepp Films.
Exec producers are Becker Intl., regional screen agency EM Media, Warner Bros. Music U.K., Film I Vast and Cinema Investment Japan in association with Three Dogs and a Pony and Kate Ogborn.
Becker Intl. is handling international sales.