We’ve learned that ‘Lifehouse’ the Who’s shelved rock opera project from the early ’70s, is finally being made into a graphic novel.
Pete Townshend originally penned the opera as his follow-up to the Who’s 1969 smash, Tommy, which as we know was turned into a stage and screen production. ‘Lifehouse’ was put on the shelf in order for the band to complete and release of their 1971 album ‘Who’s Next’.
The ‘Lifehouse’ project first saw the light of day in 1999 when it was released as a BBC radio drama, and in 2000 it was released as ‘The Lifehouse Chronicles box set. Townshend has now announced that it is now being released as a 150-page graphic novel, and the project is being made in conjunction with Heavy Metal magazine.
Set for release in July 2020, it will be written and illustrated by James Harvey. He will be taking Townshend’s original screenplay and music and adapting it with his own inimitable style.
Townshend explained: “A graphic novel based on my very first 1970 concept for The Who’s abandoned Lifehouse project is perhaps the most exciting creative development in my long career.
“Lifehouse always had a strong and important visual story that was never even touched on.”
Adding: “Even by 1971, when Lifehouse was written, it had to be treated as a film script, which was entirely beyond my skill set, and beyond the financial scope of The Who,” Townshend continued. “If I had completed my art studies, instead of staying with The Who, I might have made my own graphic novels. I am excited then, with huge anticipation, that at last Lifehouse can be realised visually, and as a story – part science fiction, part spiritual allegory.”
Townshend has busy writing as of late. As well as the new Who album in the works last month he announced the release of his debut novel, The Age Of Anxiety, and is set to be released on November 5th, 2019.