Televison channel, FX has ordered “Pistol”, a 6 episode limited series, about Steve Jones, the famous guitarist from the Sex Pistols. This news was confirmed by Nick Grad, the president of original programming for the channel. Production is due to start on 7 March 2021.
The series will be based on Jones’ 2018 memoir “Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Pistol”. Academy Award winner Danny Boyle from Slumdog Millionaire, will act as executive producer and director for the special. Craig Pearce created the piece. He also co-wrote it with Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Steve Jones will also serve as executive producer. He will work alongside Danny Boyle, Craig Pearce, Anita Camarata, Paul Lee, Hope Hartman, Wiip, Gail Lyon and Tracey Seaward.
Boyle on the Sex Pistols project:
On this project, Danny Boyle said,“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 added, “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. Everyone feared them or followed them”.
“An exceptional artist”
The president, Nick Grad was thrilled to be working with an “exceptional artist” like Danny Boyle. Grad said, “It’s great to be back in business with Danny Boyle, an exceptional artist responsible for so many great feature films and TV series,”.
Grad added, “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 also hailed Steve Jones as a “hero of our times”. He said, “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”.
Paul Lee also added that Boyle is the right man to direct this series. “The Sex Pistols changed music forever and Danny Boyle is the perfect director to tell Steve Jones’s story fueled by raw creativity and destruction”.
The series moves from West London’s council estates to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McClaren’s King Road Sex Shop. It moves to the international controversey over the release of “Never Mind the B******s”. This album is listed as one of the most influential albums of all time.
The UK Singles Charts were accused of delibarately keeping the Sex Pistol’s track “God Save the Queen” off top spot. The song was banned by the BBC, but hit number 1 in the NME Charts. To avoid offending the monarchy, the song was listed as blank.
More news about the Sex Pistols found here.