Danny Boyle is directing a new six-part TV series about legendary punk rock group the Sex Pistols for FX. The show is based on Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones' 2017 memoir, Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol. Boyle will direct and executive produce the upcoming series, which is titled Pistol. It was created by writer Craig Pearce and is co-written by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Toby Wallace will star as Jones, while Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams will play punk icon Jordan.
Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol has been praised by Sex Pistols fans and general fans of punk rock from the 1970s. Steve Jones's modern Dickensian tale begins in the street of Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush, West London, where as a lonely, neglected boy living off his wits and petty thievery he was given purpose by the glam art rock of David Bowie and Roxy Music. He became one of the first generation of ragamuffin punks taken under the wings of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood. From there, he went on to form the Sex Pistols with John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, Paul Cook, and Glen Matlock.
FX president of original programming at FX Entertainment Nick Grad announced Pistol earlier today. "It's great to be back in business with Danny Boyle," said Grad. "Steve Jones was at the center of the storm that shook the rock establishment, and we're thrilled to have Danny and the rest of the creative team tell his story as a member of one of music's most notorious bands - the Sex Pistols." Boyle had this to say about signing on to direct the series, teasing what fans can expect when it airs.
"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. This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever. It is the detonation point for British street culture... where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion... and everyone had to watch and listen... and everyone feared them or followed them. The Sex Pistols. At its center was a young, charming, illiterate kleptomaniac - a hero for the times - Steve Jones, who became, in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. This is how he got there."
In addition to Toby Wallace and Maisie Williams, Pistol stars Anson Boon as John Lydon, Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater as Paul Cook, Fabien Frankel as Glen Matlock, Dylan Llewellyn as Wally Nightingale, Sydney Chandler as Pretenders front woman Chrissie Hynde, and Emma Appleton as Nancy Spungen, the infamous girlfriend of Vicious. Pistol moves 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. The album is often regarded as one of the most influential records of all time and was initially banned by the BBC.
After the breakup of the Sex Pistols, Steve Jones went on to release a solo record, collaborate with Billy Idol, Johnny Thunders, Thin Lizzy Joan Jett, Kraut, Adam Ant, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Andy Taylor, and more. In the 1990s, he formed a group named P with Butthole Surfers front man Gibby Haynes, actor Johnny Depp, and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. He then went on to reunite with the Sex Pistols on a successful reunion tour, before getting into the world of radio with Jonesy's Jukebox. Deadline was one of the first outlets to announce Pistol.