FX has ordered ‘Pistol’, a six-episode limited series about the legendary Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones with Danny Boyle at the helm, it was announced today by Nick Grad, President, Original Programming, FX Entertainment.
The series will be based on Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, Boyle will also serve as executive producer.
The FX project will offer a fascinating new perspective on one of rock’s greatest ever stories as it moves from West London’s council estates to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with the release of Never Mind the Bollocks, which is frequently listed as one of the most influential albums of all time. Their single “God Save the Queen” was banned by the BBC and reached Number 1 on the UK’s NME chart, but appeared at Number 2 on the Official UK Singles chart, leading to accusations that the song was purposely kept off the top spot. For the only time in chart history, the track was listed as a blank, to avoid offence to the monarchy.
Toby Wallace (Babyteeth, Acute Misfortune) will take on the role of Steve Jones, Anson Boon (Crawl, 1917, Blackbird) will play John Lydon, Louis Partridge (Enola Homes, Medici) is Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater is Paul Cook, Fabien Frankel (The Serpent, NYPD Blue) as Glen Matlock, Dylan Llewellyn (Derry Girls) as Wally Nightingale, Sydney Chandler (Don’t Worry Darling) as Chrissie Hynde, Emma Appleton (The Witcher, Traitors) as Nancy Spungen, and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as punk icon Jordan.
Jones, Boyle and Pearce serve as Executive Producers alongside Gail Lyon, Anita Camarata, Tracey Seaward, Paul Lee, Hope Hartman and wiip. The show is created by Craig Pearce and written by Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce.
The series is produced by FX Productions and is set to begin production on March 7.