Critically acclaimed and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle has been confirmed as the director of the brand new Sex Pistols limited series to be created by FX.
The series, simply titled Pistol, will be made up of six episodes in total, will track the meteoric rise of the Sex Pistols and is based on Steve Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol. Boyle, who will also act as Executive Producer on the new project, has teamed up with both Craig Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce to created the series.
“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,” Boyle said in a statement. “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 & listen, and everyone feared them or followed them.
“The Sex Pistols. At its centre 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.”
Pistol will also come with an all-star cast with the likes of Anson Boon who plays the role of Johnny Rotten, Toby Wallace as Steve Jones, Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious, Fabien Frankel as Glen Matlock, Jacob Slater as Paul Cook, Dylan Llewellyn as Wally Nightingale, Sydney Chandler as Chrissie Hynde, Maisie Williams Jordan and Emma Appleton as Nancy Spungen.
“It’s great to be back in business with Danny Boyle, an exceptional artist responsible for so many great feature films and TV series,” Nick Grad, President, Original Programming, FX Entertainment stated. “Steve Jones was at the centre 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.”
With FX ready to go, it has also been confirmed that Paul Lee, Gail Lyon, Anita Camarata, Tracey Seaward, Hope Hartman and wiip also serve as executive producers. The series is planning to begin production on March 7.
“The Sex Pistols changed music forever and Danny Boyle is the perfect director to tell Steve Jones’ story fueled by raw creativity and destruction,” Lee, CEO of wiip, added. “We’re thrilled to be making this with our friends at FX.