John Lydon brands Danny Boyle’s Sex Pistols biopic 'disrespectful s**t' and threatens to take legal action

John Lydon brands Danny Boyle’s Sex Pistols biopic 'disrespectful s**t' and threatens to take legal action

04/27/2021

JOHN Lydon has branded Danny Boyle’s Sex Pistols biopic "disrespectful s**t" amid threats to take legal action against its production.

The former rocker, best known as Johnny Rotten, has revealed he's less than impressed with the director's attempt to bring his musical story to life.

The six-part series – simply titled Pistol – is based on guitarist Steve Jones' memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol.

The forthcoming FX drama will cover the band's early rise to fame in West London and their link to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren's SEX shop in King's Road.

Toby Wallace will play the book's author, Steve, while Louis Patridge takes on the role of bass player Sid Vicious and Anson Boon stars as Lydon.

Lydon, 65, told The Sunday Times: "I think that’s the most disrespectful s**t I’ve ever had to endure.


"I mean, they went to the point to hire an actor to play me but what’s the actor working on?

"Certainly not my character. It can’t go anywhere else [but court]."

And as he discussed taking legal advice, Lydon claimed his consent to go ahead with the TV series was never sought.

He went on: "Sorry, you think you can do this, like walk all over me – it isn’t going to happen. Not without a huge, enormous f***ing fight.

"I’m Johnny, you know, and when you interfere with my business you’re going to get the bitter end of my business as a result."


The singer added: "It’s a disgrace… If you put me in a corner like a rat, I’m going to go for your throat.

"I’m up against some corporations that just want to take over."

A spokesperson for Pistol told The Sunday Times that filmmaker Boyle had attempted to make contact with Lydon through his management company, but commented that direct contact had been declined.

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams was recently seen taking on the hair-raising role of punk model Pamela Rooke aka Jordan – one of the band's biggest fans.

Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Maze Runner, Game of Thrones) will take on the role of McLaren, who was also the Sex Pistols' manager.


Fashion designer Westwood will be played by Talulah Riley (Westworld, St Trinian's).

Pistols was created by Craig Pearce, co-written by Pearce and Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

Boyle serves as both director and executive producer.

A release date is yet to be confirmed but the series, currently being filmed, is likely to air in 2022.

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