Patti Smith's 'Just Kids' Memoir Being Turned into Showtime Series
Published Aug 11, 2015Patti Smith has received lots of praise for Just Kids, her 2010 memoir about her relationship with late artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Now, the successful book has spawned a TV show, as Just Kids will be coming to Showtime for a limited series.
The show will be co-written and produced by Smith along with screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator, Skyfall). Smith is apparently a fan of Logan's other Showtime series, Penny Dreadful.
"A limited series on Showtime will allow us to explore the characters more deeply, enabling us to develop stories beyond the book and allow a measure of unorthodox presentation," Smith said in a statement. "The medium of a television limited series offers narrative freedom and a chance to expand upon the themes of the book."
Showtime boss David Nevins added, "Just Kids is one of my favorite memoirs of all time. Not only is it a fascinating portrait of artists coming of age, but it's also an inspiring story of friendship, love and endurance. I'm so thrilled that Patti Smith will bring her unique voice to writing the scripts along with the gifted John Logan, who has been doing such a phenomenal job with Penny Dreadful for us."
There's no word as to how many episodes have been ordered, nor when they will premiere.
Meanwhile, Smith has a new memoir on the way: M Train, which will arrive on October 6 through Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. She has scheduled a book tour in support of its release. Maybe, if it does well enough, it will also get a TV series.