"We don’t need no education/We don’t need no thought-control.”
Producer Andy Harries who worked on films such as The Queen and The Damned United is currently preparing to develop a new film based on the classic Pink Floyd song Another Brick In The Wall. The film is not a remake Alan Parker's classic Pink Floyd movie The Wall. This new film actually tells the true story of the schoolchildren who sang on the 1979 hit song and the inspired music teacher who made it all happen. Harries describes the film as Dead Poets Society meets School of Rock.
According to Deadline, Harries optioned "the life story of music teacher Alan Renshaw who arrived at a struggling north London comprehensive (public) school in the late 70s, determined to shake things up. His class eventually ends up singing the chorus on the Pink Floyd track – whose controversial lyrics, flicking a V-sign at authority." There's definitely an interesting story to tell here. This is a very powerful song, and it wouldn't have been the same without this children's choir. There's a strong sense of punk rebellion, both in the lyrics and the performance these kids gave. Alan Renshaw ended up getting fired from his job over it.
First-time screenwriter Steve Thompson is writing the script for Left Bank and BBC Films. It's interesting that someone is actually taking an interest in this story 30 years later, but it should make for a solid film. The students ended up suing the band in 2004, seeking unpaid royalties.
Harries has yet to obtain the rights to the classic song, which would really come in handy with a film that is going to be based around it. Here's the original music video for the song.