Earlier this year, Rotten – real name John Lydon – opposed plans by former bandmates Cook and Jones for a biopic TV show about the Sex Pistols. The show, titled Pistol, is slated to be released by Disney next year. Rotten didn’t want the band’s music to be used in the upcoming TV show, which chronicles the band’s rise to fame.
Pistol is based on Jones’ memoir and will be released in six parts as a miniseries.
The series is directed by British director Danny Boyle, who is best known for Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later and Yesterday.
A High Court ruling today said Cook and Jones were “allowed to implicate majority voting rules” against their former groupmate (Rotten).
Band members argued that under a 1998 band agreement, licensing decisions can be made on the basis of majority rules.
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Rotten argued that licenses cannot be granted “without his consent.”
He added that the next series is “the most disrespectful shit I’ve ever had to endure.”
More of Rotten’s qualms with the show were based on how Johnny Rotten’s character would portray him.
Mark Cunningham, Rotten’s representative, said Jones’ memoir portrayed Rotten in a “hostile and unflattering light”.
Rotten added: “Poor Johnny Rotten is Mickey Mouse’s victim.”
He also claimed that the script for the show was written without his consent.
The punk rocker also claimed that the actor playing his TV counterpart, Anson Boon, was chosen without his approval.
He continued, “Sorry, you think you can do that, like step on me – that’s not going to happen. Not without a huge, huge f ***** g fight.”
Rotten continued, “I’m Johnny, you know, and when you interfere with my business you’re going to have a bitter end to my business. It’s a shame. I led this group.
“I’m the man who wrote the words. I provided the picture and the direction, and I think the issues depend on their actions here. If they needed to be that secret squirrel about it, then they must have something to hide. “
The group broke up in 1978 before reuniting several times over the following decades.
The Sex Pistols last reunited in 2008 before breaking up again in 2009.
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