Producer Ayesha Plunkett is hard at work on a film adaptation of author Mick O'Shea's 2004 book The Early Days of the Sex Pistols: Only Anarchists Are Pretty. According to Variety, the film has officially been titled Only Anarchists Are Pretty and now the hunt is on for a cast and a director.
Speaking of the project, Plunkett said, "It's not a biopic. I'm not interested in doing that. It's a feature film, a script written from a book I liked by Mick O'Shea."
With O'Shea penning the screenplay, the script will reportedly expand on O'Shea's book slightly, following the band from their controversial TV appearance in 1976 through their trip down the Thames in 1977.
"We decided to do the six-month period from them going on the Today Show to the release of God Save the Queen and the trip down the river — that is the six months in which they were public enemy number one," O'Shea told Variety.
It's an interesting story, to be sure, but it's also one that may not include the music of the Sex Pistols. On Twitter, both John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten) and the official Sex Pistols account said that they do not endorse the project.
You may have seen recent reports of a Sex Pistols biopic. For the avoidance of doubt this film would be unauthorised, unofficial, and not endorsed by Sex Pistols.— John Lydon Official (@lydonofficial) March 28, 2019
According to O'Shea, Lydon's hesitance to endorse the film can be blamed on Sid and Nancy.
You may have seen recent reports of a Sex Pistols biopic. For the avoidance of doubt this film would be unauthorised, unofficial, and not endorsed by Sex Pistols.— Sex Pistols Official (@pistolsofficial) March 28, 2019
"Sid and Nancy presented the band as illiterate buffoons, and that's a big part of John's reticence to get involved with any other Pistols-related projects," he told Variety.