Patti Smith’s memoir “Just Kids” will be adapted into a miniseries by Showtime, the premium cable network announced Tuesday.
Co-written and produced by John Logan, the memoir will be produced with Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions.
“‘Just Kids’ is one of my favorite memoirs of all time,” said David Nevins, President of Showtime Networks Inc, in a statement. “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.”
“Just Kids” traced Smith’s close relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe as they both came of age in the 1960s and ’70s.
“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 Smith. “The medium of a television limited series offers narrative freedom and a chance to expand upon the themes of the book.”
Smith and Logan previously envisioned “Just Kids” as a feature film and were developing it as such before shopping it to studios. The memoir received the National Book Award and has been translated in over 40 languages.
Logan created and executive produces Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful,” which has been picked up for a third season to air in 2016.