The Award winning memoir will be turned into a TV series by ‘Penny Dreadful’ creator John Logan.
Showtime has acquired the rights to Patti Smith’s Award winning memoir ‘Just Kids’. The book will be turned into a TV series by Patti Smith and John Logan. John Logan is the creator of the TV series Penny Dreadful.
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The book Just Kids was released in 2010. Just Kids describes the relationship between Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe. Robert Mapplethorpe was a famous artist and photographer and Patti Smith had been his long time muse.
Patti Smith will be writing the screenplay for the TV series, according to THR. It is believed Smith started writing the screenplay a year after the book was released.
The show ‘Just Kids’ will be a miniseries on the cable network Showtime. According to Smith the show will enable her to explore the characters more deeply. The shows will also give the series creators to develop stories not in the book.
The series will be an unorthodox presentation of the memoir. Smith further stated the narrative freedom will be a chance for her to expand the themes of the book.
The memoir is famous for Smith and Mapplethorpe’s interaction with the Andy Warhol crowd. The book also sheds light on the encounters the duo had with rock luminaries like Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. The memoir also deals with the passing of Mapplethorpe from AIDS-related causes in 1989.
The show will be co-written by Patti Smith. Meanwhile John Logan has been appointed as the producer. The President of Showtime Networks Inc. David Nevins called the memoir his favorite.
According to Nevins the memoir is a fascinating portrait of artists coming of age. Nevins also praised the inspiring story of friendship, love and endurance in the book.