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Roger Ebert and The Sex Pistols in… a failed screenplay

Late Sunday night, famed Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert posted one long article.

Actually, it wasn’t so much an article as it was a screenplay.

Ebert opened his vault and unloaded part of the script he wrote for a Sex Pistols-focused movie. Originally titled “Anarchy in the U.K.” and later retitled “Who Killed Bambi?,” the idea certainly sounds interesting. But I was a little put off by the first few lines:

One by one, each alone, we see the FOUR SEX PISTOLS walking along these mean London streets. In CLOSEUPS, each one turns while still walking and addresses THE CAMERA.

STEVE JONES
We don’t make music – we make noise.

PAUL COOK
We’re so pretty vacant and we don’t care.

SID VICIOUS
We like noise – it’s our choice.

JOHNNY ROTTEN
We want to destroy the passer-by.

STEVE JONES
Passion ends in fashion.

PAUL COOK
We’re the blank generation.

SID VICIOUS
We don’t make rock and roll – we make chaos.

JOHNNY ROTTEN
Got a problem, and the problem is you. What you gonna do?

First thoughts: Pretty vacant. Gotta admire the way Ebert pulled the all-things-1977-punk card, even dropping “blank generation” into the conversation despite that idea having been a thoroughly American punk concept (via Richard Hell.)

Still, I’d be curious to see if something were to happen with this script in the future… The intro’s a bit much, but it’s certainly piqued my curiosity.

You can read the rest of it here.

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