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The memoir of Sex Pistols' guitarist Steve Jones is coming to TV

13/04/2021 5:19 AM
The memoir of Sex Pistols' guitarist Steve Jones is coming to TV

Lonely Boy, the memoir by Sex Pistols' guitarist Steve Jones, is getting the television treatment courtesy of director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire).

Considered one of the most groundbreaking musical acts in popular music, The Sex Pistols - consisting of vocalist Johnny Rotten, guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook, and bassists Glen Matlock and Sid Vicious - spearheaded the UK Punk movement in 1975, attracting adoring fans and considerable controversey alike.

Director Danny Boyle says of the bands' impact:

'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. 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.'

Steve Jones' memoir Lonely Boy depicts how the band met, quickly rose to fame, dealt with their sudden stardom and further fuelled their infamous legacy with controversial antics. The six-episode television adaptation features Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams as Sex Pistols collaborator Jordan Mooney, Aussie actor Toby Wallace (Babyteeth) as Steve Jones, and Anson Boon as Johnny Rotten aka John Lyndon.

The series will be jointly written by Danny Boyle collaborator Frank Cottrell Boyce, who wrote the screenplay for 24 Hour Party People among other cult classics, and Strictly Ballroom screenwriter Craig Pearce. Production is due to start 7 March 2021.