Danny Boyle may not have ended up helming the recent James Bond film, but he’s set his sights on another classic aspect of British pop culture. Boyle will direct and produce the six-episode mini-series Pistol for FX, which will revolve around punk band The Sex Pistols.
The series will be based on the memoir by the band’s guitarist Steve Jones. Craig Pearce has created the show and written the series alongside Frank Cottrell Boyce.
The Sex Pistols are arguably one of the most important bands in music history, ushering in the punk movement in the UK and being recognised as an influence on various genres. Despite only releasing one album and initially being in existence for merely three years, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
The band were previously explored in the 1986 movie Sid & Nancy, which starred Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb, but Boyle’s series will likely use Jones as its perspective, and should be a fascinating dive into the band’s infamous antics and influence on British culture.
“This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever”, Boyle said in a statement. “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 cast has already been set, containing mostly unknowns as the key members of the band, although Maisie Williams has signed on to play punk icon Jordan. Production will begin in March.