Danny Boyle is set to make a six-part limited series based on the life of Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones.
If you happen to have read Jones’ autobiography, Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol (it’s an absolute cracker), then you’ll know that there’s a whole lot of life there to draw from.
It’s quite a step from The Beatles in the rather more fictional Yesterday to the awesome British punk scene (and beyond), but Boyle’s creations have almost always been eminently watchable.
Simply entitled Pistol, amongst others the series is set to star Toby Wallace (who we’ve recently seen in Aussie black comedy Babyteeth) as Jones, Anson Boon (Crawl) as Johnny Rotten/Lydon, Louis Partridge (Enola Holmes) as Sid Vicious, newcomer Jacob Slater as Paul Cook, Fabien Frankel (Last Christmas) as Glen Matlock and Maisie Williams as the infamous Jordan, who was known as “the face of punk” (and, fun fact, is now a veterinary nurse).
The official word salad goes a lot like this: “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, 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. For the only time in chart history, the track was listed as a blank, to avoid offence to the monarchy.”
Pistol is set to enter production soon.
Meanwhile, here’s some of Jones in action, with the Pistols’ debut TV appearance: