Danny Boyle will direct and produce a series about the English punk band Sex Pistols, reports Variety Monday. The series consists of six episodes based on guitarist Steve Jones’ memoirs: Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol.
The series is called Pistol and is commissioned by the US channel FX Network, which is part of Disney. The idea for the series comes from co-producer Craig Pearce. Pistol will go into production on March 7th.
Toby Wallace will star as Steve Jones, Anson Boon as John Lydon, Jacob Slater as Paul Cook and Glen Matlock will be played by Fabien Frankel.
Director Boyle is best known for his film work and won the Oscar for Best Director for this Slumdog Millionaire. He was later nominated for co-writing the screenplay 127 Hours, which was also nominated for Best Picture.
The Sex Pistols became known in the late 1970s. Their single God Save the Queen was banned by the BBC and reached number one on the UK NME chart, but appeared at number two on the Official UK Singles chart. This led to the accusation that the number had been deliberately kept from the top spot. For the only time in chart history, the track was listed as blank to avoid insult to the monarchy.
The Sex Pistols album Never Mind the Bollocks is often listed as one of the most influential albums of all time.