- 11 Jan 21
“Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent,” said Boyle of the iconic band.
Danny Boyle will direct a new biopic series about the Sex Pistols. The series will be called Pistol, and centre around guitarist Steve Jones.
The FX series will be based on Jones' 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol. The series has already picked up a stellar cast, including Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams, who will play punk icon Jordan (aka Pamela Burke) Babyteeth's Toby Wallace as Jones.
Anson Boon (1917) will play John Lydon, Louis Partridge (Enola Homes) will portray Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater stars as Paul Cook and Fabien Frankel (The Serpent) will play Glen Matlock.
A description of the series said that it will move "from West London’s council estates, to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s notorious Kings Road Sex shop, to the international controversy that came with the release of Never Mind the Bollocks, which is frequently listed as one of the most influential albums of all time.
“Their single ‘God Save the Queen’ was banned by the BBC and reached Number 1 on the UK’s NME chart, but appeared at Number 2 on the Official UK Singles chart, leading to accusations that the song was purposely kept off the top spot,” the description adds. “For the only time in chart history, the track was listed as a blank, to avoid offence to the monarchy.”
Boyle, who will also executive produce the series, said the Pistols’ breakthrough was “the moment that British society and culture changed forever”.