Pistol is an FX production and distributed in the USA by Hulu. Disney+ has claimed the rights to its Australian release, via Star. Pistol, based on Jones’ 2016 memoir, Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, will arrive on the service on Tuesday, 31st May. Pistol comprises six-episodes, all of which will drop at the same time.
The show stars Australian actor Toby Wallace as Jones and Anson Boon as the UK punk band’s frontperson, John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten). The real John Lydon is not at all pleased about the program going ahead. Last April, he told the UK’s Sunday Times that he wasn’t asked to sign off on or participate in Pistol‘s creation.
“It’s a disgrace,” he said. “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.” Lydon tried to prevent the inclusion of Sex Pistols songs in the series, but after a court battle licensing rights were granted.
In a statement, Boyle – known for directing Trainspotting, The Beach, Steve Jobs, 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire – said the action in Pistol represents “the moment that British society and culture changed forever.” Watch the extended trailer below.