The King is gone but not forgotten, this is the story of Johnny Rotten. Abramorama and Verisimilitude are not channeling Neil Young, but they are releasing the documentary film The Public Image Is Rotten in theaters in 2018.  

The Public Image Is Rotten tells the story of music icon John Lydon and his pioneering group PiL.  Directed by Tabbert Fiiller, The Public Image Is Rotten features in-depth interviews with Lydon, former and current bandmates, as well as Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ad-Rock (Beastie Boys) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) among others, and also features archival performance and interview footage.

The film opens in the United Kingdom beginning with a screening on June 3, 2018, at the Odeon Camden Cinema, and will feature a conversation with  Lydon after the screening. Additional screenings in the U.K. during June and July will be announced followed later, with the global roll out of the film alongside Public Image Ltd’s worldwide tour.   

“We’re are so happy to have found the perfect home for The Public Image Is Rotten with Abramorama,” said a statement from Verisimilitude’s Tyler Brodie and Hunter Gray. “Their passion and expertise in music films combined with their ability to strategically release the film globally will allow fans around the world to enjoy a never before seen look at PiL and the true John Lydon.”  

 “John Lydon is one of the most iconic and articulate artists who changed the face of music forever,” said a statement from Abramorama’s COO Karol Martesko-Fenster and west coast head of acquisitions & business development Evan Saxon. “He started the trends, never followed them. We are honored to be releasing the film theatrically and to be the global rights management partner for The Public Image Is Rotten.  We look forward to working closely with film’s production company Verisimilitude and PiL as we bring John’s story to fans around the world.”

The Public Image is Rotten is a Verisimilitude production, directed by Tabbert Fiiller, produced by Tyler Brodie, Hunter Gray, Phaedon Papadopoulos, and Fiiller, Executive producers John Rambo Stevens, Cameron Brodie, Nick Shumaker, director of photography Yamit Shimonovitz,