From The Beatles to… the Sex Pistols? Although Danny Boyle signed on to direct the WB movie Methuselah last year with Michael B. Jordan attached to star, it is looking like that will not be his next project behind the camera. Instead, he will be at the helm of the upcoming FX limited series Pistol, which is based on the 2018 memoir by Steve Jones, guitarist for the iconic ’70s British punk band Sex Pistols. Here’s what he had to say about 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 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.”
The show was created by Craig Pearce and co-written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, who previously scripted Boyle’s Millions. Toby Wallace is attached to play Steve Jones along with Anson Boon as Johnny Rotten, Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater as Paul Cook, Fabien Frankel as Glen Matlock and Maisie Williams as punk icon Jordan. Boyle previously directed several episodes of the John Paul Getty III kidnapping series Trust at FX. The show is expected to start production on March 7th. Are you looking forward to Pistol?