Showtime has landed the rights to Patti Smith’s award-winning 2010 memoir, Just Kids, which will be turned into a limited series on the cable network. Smith will co-write and co-produce the program with multiple Academy Award nominee John Logan, who created and produces the Showtime series Penny Dreadful.
Just Kids focuses on Smith’s early years in New York City and her close personal and artistic relationship with famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The bestselling autobiography was honored with the National Book Award.
“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,” says Patti. “The medium of a limited television series offers narrative freedom and a chance to expand upon the themes of the book.”
Showtime Networks president David Nevins calls Just Kids “one of my favorite memoirs of all time,” adding, “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.”
Among the well-known films written by Logan are Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo and the James Bond flick Skyfall.
Patti Smith will be publishing a follow-up to Just Kids titled M Train on October 6. The book will feature Patti’s recollections of her married life in Michigan with her late husband, MC5 guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith.