Danny Boyle doesn’t actually want Sex Pistols legend Johnny Rotten to ‘like’ the upcoming Disney Plus series Pistol, he has revealed.
Rotten, real name John Lydon, lost his lawsuit with his ex-bandmates last year, regarding the use of their music in the upcoming miniseries, directed by Oscar-winning Boyle.
The frontman has also called PISTOL ‘the most disrespectful s***’ he’s ever seen.
But responding to the reaction from the band’s frontman, Boyle said he wants Rotten ‘to attack it’.
Speaking to The Guardian, the filmmaker conceded that the ‘genius’ of the band was Rotten, saying: ‘I mean, obviously you can’t make a series about him because he’s unmanageable. Everyone knows that.’
Pistol is adapted from Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones’ 2016 memoir, which the filmmaker said was ‘like a side door in’, giving a view ‘at the whole group.’
He continued: ‘But you have to acknowledge there’s a genius in there and it’s Rotten.
‘He’s the person that changed everything, a key cultural figure in our landscape.
‘I love Lydon for what he does and I don’t want him to like it – I want him to attack it. I think that’s his absolute right.
‘Why would you change the habit of a lifetime?’
The six-part series stars actors including Maisie Williams playing punk icon Jordan, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who stars as the band’s manager Malcolm McLaren, and Iris Law as Soo Catwoman.
Pistol will take viewers from the band’s early days in West London, to their rise to fame and connection with Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s infamous Kings Road SEX shop.
After Lydon lost the lawsuit with his ex-bandmates regarding the use of their music in the biopic, he launched into an impassioned tirade against his former bandmates and Boyle, and has since been public in refusing to support the series.
Lydon, 65, had argued that a 1988 contract signed by himself and bandmates Jones and Paul Cook regarding music licensing was not adhered to.
However, the judge ruled that all parties have complied with the contract and that the majority of the band can overrule a single veto.
During an appearance on Good Morning Britain shortly after, Lydon branded his ex-bandmates ‘filthy liars’ and took aim at Boyle, saying: ‘Danny Boyle should be ashamed of himself for getting involved in deliberately not acknowledging who I am or what I am to that movement.’
‘Shame on him. Shame on him. Another champagne socialist Danny, Boyle on the bum,’ he quipped.
The Sex Pistols formed in London in 1975. Their initial career only lasted two and a half years, however, they are regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of pop music.
Pistol will be available to stream on Disney Plus from May 31.