Showtime CEO David Nevins has announced a new partnership between “Penny Dreadful” scribe John Logan and Patti Smith, whose famous autobiography “Just Kids” (2012) is finally getting the Hollywood treatment it deserves.
Set in the 1970s, Smith’s 2010 National Book Award-winning memoir dug deep into the life of artist Robert Mapplethorpe, and chronicled Smith’s relationship with the renowned photographer before he died of AIDS in 1989. It also captured the New York scene of the period, chasing the star-studded party sprees alongside the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Andy Warhol.
It didn’t hurt that the president of the network was a fan either: “‘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 aspiring story of friendship, love and endurance,” Nevins stated, on the heels of Showtime’s TCA presentation in Los Angeles. “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.”
Smith and Logan began adapting “Just Kids” back in 2011 as a spec script, after Logan won a Tony for Mark Rothko play “Red.” His three screenplay Oscar nominations include “Gladiator,” “The Aviator” and “Hugo.” Along with running “Penny Dreadful,” Logan has been rebuilding the James Bond universe, penning scripts for “Skyfall,” “Spectre” and the upcoming “Bond 25” — with or without Sam Mendes at the helm.
Showtime has also slated fourth seasons of “Ray Donovan” and “Masters of Sex,” as well as an hourlong Jim Carrey pilot set in the 1970s comedy scene. There is, of course, David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” revival, set to begin shoot in September. Premiere date, and precise number of episodes, remain unknown.