Patti Smith's Just Kids Memoir to Become Showtime Limited Series

Book a room at the Chelsea Hotel and settle in: Showtime is developing Just Kids, rocker Patti Smith’s memoir about her complicated relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, as a series.

The network announced the news at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.

Desert Wolf Productions, headed by Penny Dreadful‘s John Logan, will produce the series.

Just Kids is one of my favorite memoirs of all time,” David Nevins, president of Showtime Networks Inc., said 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.”

Smith’s book relates her friendship and sometime romance with Mapplethorpe, which took place in New York City in the late 1960s and ’70s, then talks about how the experience affected her own art, including the 1975 album Horses.

Nevins continued: “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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4 Comments
  1. Dude says:

    I’m sick of the phrase “limited series,” All it is code for is, “If this works out, it’s a full-fledged series. If it doesn’t, it was only a limited series anyway.” Either be a mini series or be a TV show. I’m not a fan of the in between. It usually robs the writers from being able to fully creatively explore the project as they have to leave the door open for the possibility of another season.

  2. Lerbert says:

    I’m definitely interested in this, although, I’m sure I’m lacking vision here, but dramatizing Smith’s memoir seems like a hard one to pull off. And the casting!

  3. Red Snapper says:

    This could be good as long as they cast it right. I’ve been a huge fan of Mapplethorpe’s work since I discovered it in high school and who isn’t a fan of Patti Smith. I’ve always found their stories both together and separately interesting and I hope that this project does them justice.

  4. tomboy says:

    Katherine Moennig as Patti, make this happen Showtime !!! <3