Inspired by the book Lonely Boy : Tales from a Sex Pistol by Steve Jones, the new project from the director of Trainspotting wants to retrace the meteoric career of the first English punks.
After looking at the world of the Beatles in his latest film Yesterday, Danny Boyle tackles another staple of British music. The man behind Transpotting and Slumdog Millionaire is working on a mini-series inspired by the memories of Steve Jones, a London brat who became a rock icon with the Sex Pistols. Soberly titled Pistol, the soap opera will begin filming on March 7 and will air on the American television channel FX.
In front of the camera, we will find Maisie Williams, Arya Stark for the series fans, in the role of Jordan, punk muse and legendary saleswoman at the SEX store of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood. British actor Toby Wallace will play Jones, Jacob Slater will play drummer Paul Cook and Fabien Frankel Glen Matlock, the group’s first bassist, fired from the group in 1977 and replaced by the unspeakable Sid Vicious. Nancy Spungen, the latter’s wife will be played by Emma Appleton.
«This is the time when British culture and society changed forever»Says Danny Boyle, interviewed by Deadline . And to add: “Cis the detonation point of British street culture … where ordinary young people had the scene and expressed their fury and fashion … And everyone had to watch them and listen to them … And everyone feared them or followed them. The Sex Pistols.»
In barely two years of career, the group has shaken up the British establishment, chaining scandals in an England fractured by the end of the Glorious Thirty and the arrival of mass unemployment. The “No Future»Chanted by Johnny Rotten in God Save The Queen had then seduced a new generation of adolescents, inadvertently taking this call to revolt for a nihilist truth. After having made a clean sweep of the past, the original movement initiated by the Pistols will quickly run out of steam, leaving the field open to post-punk, which became a new wave (much more commercial) when it arrived in the charts.