Matt Greenhalgh of Joy Division biopic Control fame said that the book "illuminated so much about this legendary genius. I could see the drama and film immediately the women in his life, the men who weren't, the birth of rock and roll, all imposing on a brilliantly complicated adolescent mind."
"Without this story, we would never have heard the Beatles can you imagine that?" Telegraph quoted him, as saying. The film has landed a lottery-funded development grant by the UK Film Council, where Greenhalgh will get 35,500 pounds.