FX has ordered Pistol, a six-episode limited series about the legendary Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, with Academy Award winner Danny Boyle on board.
Based on Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, the series 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. Boyle will serve as executive producer and director. The series was created by Craig Pearce and written by Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce. Jones is also among the EPs.
The series is produced by FX Productions and is set to begin production on March 7.
“It’s great to be back in business with Danny Boyle, an exceptional artist responsible for so many great feature films and TV series,” said Nick Grad, president of original programming at FX Entertainment. “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.”
“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,” said Boyle. “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.”
“The Sex Pistols changed music forever and Danny Boyle is the perfect director to tell Steve Jones’ story fueled by raw creativity and destruction,” said Paul Lee, CEO of wiip. “We’re thrilled to be making this with our friends at FX.”