Few directors can match the visceral intensity of the Sex Pistols. The band are undoubtedly one of the most influential in rock music history and became the gobbling face of the punk rock movement that exploded across Britain and the world in the late seventies. However, if there was one man we’d want behind the camera, it’d be Danny Boyle.
As such, the Trainspotting and 28 Days Later director got the nod to lead a TV series about the band and their explosion, titled PISTOL and has now shared his first vision of the band.
The first look image shows Boyle’s vision to faithfully capture the early anarchy of Britain’s anti-establishment musical icons with Toby Wallace as guitarist Steve Jones, Anson Boon as infamous frontman John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon, Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious as well as Jacob Slater as drummer Paul Cook and Christian Lees as original bassist Glen Matlock.
The six-episode series will focus on the band’s guitarist Steve Jones, taking heavy notes from his memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol and follows Jones’ story from London estates to the top of the world.
Director Boyle said of the project: “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 & 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.”
See the first look at Danny Boyle’s Sex Pistols below.