The Sex Pistols were, and still are cult icons, and regarded as the forefathers of the punk music movement, particularly in the UK, but also around the world.
There have been a few movies over the years about the group, and one in particular, about Sid Vicious, the group’s legendary but ultimately tragic bassist, who died of a heroin overdose in 1979.
The 1986 release of Sid and Nancy, a biopic about Sid (real name John Simon Ritchie) and ex-girlfriend Nancy Spungen, who was stabbed the year before he died caused controversy at the time, and the untruths in the film still rankle with Sid’s mother Anne Beverley.
This is the woman who discovered her own son dead in bed in a New York hotel room, and had to deal with the consequences.
Ipso Facto films has now asked Vicious biographer Alan Parker to make and direct a new film called Who Killed Nancy?, which they hope will be “the ultimate Sid Vicious movie”.
“I have strong views on Sid And Nancy so I wanted to make the ultimate, last word movie. It will be 100 minutes of facts and at the end we’re going to turn round and let the audience be the jury.”
The thing is, this all happened a long time ago, and I’m not so sure there is the public appetite there for a new film about Vicious. The Sex Pistols are touring again, so that could help sell the film to audiences, but even I, as a Sex Pistols fan, am not really fussed about a new movie detailing the facts of that time.
Shooting on Who Killed Nancy? is scheduled to begin later this month.