There is a reason any project done by Danny Boyle is often highly anticipated. Since his struggle with the studio system for his 2000 film The Beach, he has often been very selective about what projects he does and as such his work is often labeled under "critical darlings". It was for this reason he even chose to relinquish directing duties for the upcoming James Bond entry No Time to Die. And it's for this reason his newly announced biographical limited series, focusing on the punk band The Sex Pistols, will most likely be another passionate piece of art from the director (Which he also will executive produce). Boyle had this to say on the new 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. 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.”
Known for being rebellious when they made their debut decades ago, the band was known for there short time together but would leave an everlasting impact on the punk rock scene. The project is already to go into production under the title Pistol with the story being an adaptation of the 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol that was written by the band's guitarist Steve Jones. It's for this reason that the series will be told from Jones' perspective.
Toby Wallace is set to play Jones while the rest of the cast will include Anson Boon (As John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon, Louis Partridge (As Sid Vicious), Jacob Slater (As Paul Cook), Fabien Frankel (As Glen Matlock), Dylan Llewellyn (As Wally Nightingale), Sydney Chandler (As Chrissie Hynde, Emma Appleton (As Nancy Spungen), and Maisie Williams (As punk icon Jordan). The series is created by Craig Pearce who wrote it alongside Frank Cottrell Boyce.
The series is set up over at FX with President of Original Programming, Nick Grad, having this to say:
“It’s great to be back in business with Danny Boyle, an exceptional artist responsible for so many great feature films and TV series. 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."
To official premiere date has been announced. Stay tuned!