Music biopics are enjoying a time right now. Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody made buckets of money, Elton John’s Rocket Man is months away from opening, and Netflix just released Motley Crue’s The Dirt. Reports this weekend out of the UK said Starlight Films has been working for the past 18-months on putting together a film to tell the story of the Sex Pistols.
Filmmaker Ayesha Plunkett hopes to have the film out next year and a quote in the Daily Mail said, “we were impressed by the box office takings for Bohemian Rhapsody. It only goes to show the public has an appetite for these films.”
Market conditions is a great reason to make a film about punk rock.
The Sex Pistols came together in the Kings Road area of Chelsea in London in the mid-70s. The classic lineup of the band was only active from 1975 to 78. The band only recorded one album, 1977’s Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols. The band imploded in 1978 and never played together with original lineup of Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Sid Vicious again (Glen Matlock was there too but left/was fired and replaced by Vicious).
Right now they are trying to cast the roles of the Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren and legendary fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. They operated the King’s Road boutique that was at the center of the 70s UK punk seen that went by a variety of names like, Too Fast Live, Too Young To Die and SEX.
There is an 1980s movie that explores the tragic end to Sid Vicious’ life and relationship with Nancy Spungen called Sid & Nancy.
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