‘Pistol’ Director Explains What The Sex Pistols Represented To The Young Generation

Famous director Danny Boyle recently spoke to The Guardian and shared critical and exclusive details about the new docuseries named ‘Pistol,’ reflecting The Sex Pistols members’ life and career. Boyle talked about the message behind the band’s story and the series itself for young people.

Boyle raised to prominence as the director of groundbreaking movies, ’28 Days Later,’ ‘127 Hours,’ and ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ Therefore, Boyle will be a perfect choice if bands need to find a person to tell stories about their career. Some of The Sex Pistols’ members agreed with this idea since they were fascinated by his filmography, so they wanted to collaborate with him.

The upcoming documentary miniseries entitled ‘Pistol’ drew inspiration from guitarist Steve Jones’ book, ‘Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol,’ released on January 10, 2017. Boyle directed, and Craig Pearce wrote the screenplay for the six-episode drama, which will be available on Hulu on May 31, 2022. Even though the band’s singer John Lydon has been targeting the show because of not being a part of the project for a while, the director is sure that it’s not a mockumentary.

The director stated that The Sex Pistols’ representation of being whoever they wanted and doing whatever they wished influenced young people. According to the director, youth can be vacant, futile, hopeless, and disgusted by everyone around them. Boyle described these characteristics as a difference, and he highlighted that following your father’s steps all the time can’t live up to it.

The series’ director shared his ideas, saying:

“What The Sex Pistols introduced, by their profanity and disrespect and vileness, was a breakpoint that said: ‘No. You can do whatever the f*ck you want with your life. If you want to waste it, waste it. Be vacant, be futile, be f*cking hopeless, disgust everyone. But it’s yours. You do what you want with it.’ In retrospect, you realize that’s what made the difference. People never went back to that sense of stepping into your father’s shoes and following him into the factory.”

You can check out the official trailer below.