Bay City Rollers movie on the cards

Are the Bay City Rollers headed for the big screen? Picture: John Devlin
Are the Bay City Rollers headed for the big screen? Picture: John Devlin
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FIRST there was the play ‘Shang-a-Lang’ from Mamma Mia writer Catherine Johnson.

Then there was the musical ‘And I Ran with a Gang’ telling the story of original Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir.

Now the Tartan-clad 70s superstars look set to burst onto the silver screen under plans for a documentary or biopic focusing on their meteoric rise.

Manager John McLaughlin, who is behind the sell-out comeback gigs by the Seventies’ superstars, has revealed that talks are at an advanced stage with two big-money offers on the table.

He said: “These are major studios. They are talking about a documentary or a biopic. This was the world’s biggest pop band who sold more than a 100 million records and never made a penny. It’s the classic rock and roll swindle.”

He added: “They’ve been on a rollercoaster ride of court cases and fights. Their story must be told.”

A final decision on the genre will be left to today’s line-up of singer Les McKeown, 60, guitarist Stuart ‘Woody’ Woods, 58, and bassist Alan Longmuir, 67.

At the height of their fame, they were one of the biggest bands in the world and couldn’t walk down a street without being mobbed by thousands of screaming, adoring fans.

But since then the band — whose hits include Bye Bye Baby and Saturday Night — have been through bitter legal wrangles over lost royalties.