There’s no future in England’s dream, but despite that, FX is preparing its drama series Sex Pistol for May.
FX boss John Landgraf revealed that the Gun premiere date during his TCA virtual exec session.
The series, based on the memoir of guitarist Steve Jones, comes from Danny Boyle.
It tells the story of the band, from the west London council estates to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s famous Kings Road SEX boutique to the international controversy that accompanied the release of Never Mind the Bollocks, which was banned by the BBC and is often listed as one of the most influential albums of all time.
“It faithfully captures the story of the Sex Pistols, the anti-establishment British punk band that started a revolution,” Landgraf said.
Boyle will direct and produce the six-part series, created by Moulin Rouge! writer Craig Pearce.
Toby Wallace plays Jones, Anson Boon plays John Lydon, Louis Partridge plays Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater is Paul Cook, Christian Lees is original bassist Glen Matlock.
Maisie Williams plays punk icon Jordan, Dylan Llewellyn is Wally Nightingale, Sydney Chandler is Chrissie Hynde and Emma Appleton is Nancy Spungen.
Produced by FX Productions, Jones, Boyle and Pearce serve as executive producers alongside Gail Lyon, Anita Camarata, Tracey Seaward, Paul Lee, Hope Hartman and wiip.
The launch of the series comes after Lydon, better known as Johnny Rotten, lost a lawsuit with his former bandmates, drummer Paul Cook and guitarist Steve Jones, over the use of the band’s songs in the limited series. Lydon had wanted to prevent the band’s tracks from being used on the show, with his lawyer saying it would show him in a “hostile and unflattering light”, while the singer in court called the situation “slave labour”.