Just Kids was published in 2010 and follows Smith’s early life and friendship/relationship with late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. It won the National Book Award that same year.
The Hollywood Reporter now confirms that US cable network Showtime will produce a limited series adaptation of the book, co-written and co-produced by Smith with screenwriter and television producer John Logan.
Patti Smith has released a statement on the project, saying, “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.”
“The medium of a television limited series offers narrative freedom and a chance to expand upon the themes of the book.”
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Smith recently announced a sequel to Just Kids, titled M Train, which will be released on October 6. It has been described as a “roadmap” through Smith’s life.
A press release for the second book reads: “M Train is a journey through 18 ‘stations’. It begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. We then travel, through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations: from Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico, to a meeting of an Arctic explorer’s society in Berlin; from the ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s Far Rockaway that Smith buys just before Hurricane Sandy hits, to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima.”
“Woven throughout are reflections on the writer’s craft and on artistic creation, alongside signature memories including her life in Michigan with her husband, [MC5] guitarist Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith, whose untimely death was an irremediable loss. For it is loss, as well as the consolation we might salvage from it, that lies at the heart of this exquisitely told memoir, one augmented by stunning black-and-white Polaroids taken by Smith herself.”
“I wanted to write a contemporary book or just write whatever I felt like writing about, and it’s things going from literature to coffee to memories of Fred in Michigan,” Smith previously said of the book. “It’s whatever I felt. I hopped on a train and kept going.”
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