Sex Pistols TV drama faces axe due to bitter legal battle among ex-punk rockers

DANNY Boyle’s TV drama about the Sex Pistols faces being scrapped owing to a bitter legal battle among the former punk rockers.

John Lydon — formerly singer Johnny Rotten — is refusing to give permission for the Oscar-winning British director to use songs such as Anarchy in the UK and God Save the Queen.


Without the classic punk numbers, Pistol, the six-part series about the 1970s rebels is likely to flop.

Filming has been under way for some time but documents lodged at the High Court state if permission is not granted “the production of the TV series will not be completed”.

The former band-mates are known to have a volatile relationship.

They face losing millions if the show — made by Disney network FX — is cancelled.

A source said: “The guys have always had a pretty fiery relationship, but sadly things are at an all-time low. Money is the major factor.”


Lydon, 65, claims any decision must be unanimous by all the ex-members — Steve Jones, Paul Cook, Glen Matlock and the estate of Sid Vicious, who died of a heroin overdose in 1979.

But Jones and Cook say a simple majority is sufficient.

Boyle insisted filming would continue but the success or failure of the show was in the hands of a judge.

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