Despite being bashed by John Lydon, the Danny Boyle-directed Pistol is still happening and today, it revealed its latest trailer which you can see below.
“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,” Boyle said in a statement. “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 and 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.”
Pistol explores the chaos of when the band released Never Mind The Bollocks, but also many stories from Jones’ memoir about West London’s council estates, Vivienne Westwood, and Malcolm McLaren’s Kings Road sex shop. The show was created by Craig Pearce, written by Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce, and produced by FX Productions.
Last year, Jones and Paul Cook sued Lydon for refusing to license Sex Pistols music for Pistols. Lydon wrote a lengthy response to the ruling: “I am the lead singer and songwriter, frontman, image, the lot, you name it,” he said. “I put it there. How is that not relevant? It is dumbfounding to me. It is so destructive to what the band is and so I fear that the whole project might be extremely negative.”
Jones and Cook argued that the band had previously signed an agreement that meant decisions regarding the band’s licensing requests could be determined on a “majority rules basis.” A judge ruled the contract was valid and active, and that Jones and Cook could override Lydon.