Johnny Rotten Movie In The Works

Johnny Rotten's story is coming to the silver screen.

The Hollywood Reporter says that the former Sex Pistol front man turned PIL (Public Image Ltd.) leader (aka John Lydon) will be the subject of a $5 million movie based on his autobiography, "Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs." The book was published by St. Martin's Press in the fall of 1994. Lydon is heavily involved in the film, and he's overseeing script development and helping choose the screenwriter, director and cast.

Lydon's manager, Eric Gardner, (who is producing the film) told the The Hollywood Reporter that the film will be more of a "portrayal of the social, cultural and political times of England in the 1970s" than a story of the Sex Pistols.

The band has already been the subject of at least one movie -- "Sid and Nancy" portrayed the lives and deaths of bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungeon.

The Sex Pistols, considered the founders of the punk movement, released just one album during

the less than two years they were together, 1977's "Never Mind the Bollocks." The band attempted to tour the U.S. early the following year, but 14 days into the trip, they imploded -- Rotten quit the band after their show at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. He formed Public Image Limited later that year.

Rotten was the band's creative and political force, arrogantly rebelling against the 1960's hippiedom by promoting or at least singing about themes like anarchy, violence, apathy and fascism. He sparked a tattooed, independent 'hard core' working class revolution.