Good news from TV world: Patti Smith’s best-selling 2010 memoir, Just Kids will be adapted into a miniseries by cable network Showtime. And, luckily, it won’t be Disney-fied TV version of her story, since Smith will produce and co-write the series, along with Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan, currently showrunner for Showtime’s Victorian horror series Penny Dreadful. The book, which focused on Smith’s relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the crime-ridden New York City of the late 70s, won the 2010 National Book Award for Nonfiction.
Smith elaborated on the series in a Showtime release:
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.
Casting and air dates are still TBA. The only person we really want to see play Patti Smith is, well, Patti Smith. But Smith said she’s hoping for Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson (since her young life had so much in common with Twilight?). If not, maybe a few unknowns: “We were 20. We were unknowns, and I think it should be unknowns,” she said.
Smith’s sequel memoir, M Train, hits shelves October 6th.