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.”