John Lydon tears up Sex Pistols’ ‘Destructive’ TV project
After recently losing a legal battle to his bandmates the Sex Pistols, John Lydon is once again tearing up the band’s upcoming biopic TV series.
In a post to his website, the man known as Johnny Rotten asked how the band’s songs and story could be used in a project without his consent.
“I’m the singer and songwriter, the leader, the picture, everything, you name it. I put it there. Why is this irrelevant? It’s mind-boggling to me, “said the rocker.” It’s so destructive to what the band is and so I’m afraid the whole project is overwhelmingly negative. “
This isn’t the first time that Lydon has criticized the television series, which is directed by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle. In April, the outspoken Sex Pistols singer called the project “the most disrespectful shit I’ve ever had to endure.”
“They went so far as to hire an actor to play me but what is the actor working on? Certainly not my character,” Lydon said in an interview with Sunday Times. “It can’t go anywhere else [but court.]”
In the end, that’s exactly where Lydon ended up after his former bandmates sued for the use of Sex Pistols music in the series. The ruling ultimately went against Lydon, with the judge citing a “band member agreement” reached in 1998 which stipulated that decisions regarding the interests of the Sex Pistols would be based on a majority vote.
“How can we think that [project] can proceed without consulting me and deal with my personal life and issues, without any meaningful contact with me before the project is announced to the world, ”Lydon said in her latest statement. “I don’t think there are even words I can suggest to explain how fallacious this is.”
The limited series Gun is slated to air on FX in 2022.
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