Patti Smith to Adapt Just Kids Into A Screenplay

Is there anything punk's high priestess can't do?

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You knew it was just a matter of time before someone adapted Patti Smith’s New York Times best seller Just Kids for the big screen. You just didn’t know it was going to be Patti herself.

Instead of optioning the rights, punk high priestess Smith has joined forces with Tony- and Oscar-winning screenwriter John Logan, who has worked on film scripts like Gladiator, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd, and Rango, and most recently won a Tony award for his play Red about doomed painter Mark Rothko. The two will collaborate on writing the screenplay on spec rather than give it over to someone else.

There certainly wasn’t any shortage of suitors for Smith’s coming of age story on the mean streets of New York City in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, tracing her loving and complicated relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. After all, it won the prestigious 2010 National Book Award for Nonfiction and has spent 37 weeks on the New York Times best seller list.

Should we already start thinking who should play Smith? What do you mean, start thinking?

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Jaan Uhelszki was one of the founding editors at Detroit’s legendary Creem magazine. Since that time, her work has appeared in USA Today, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, Relix, and Guitar World. She is the only journalist to have ever performed in full makeup with Kiss. Luckily she only had to put…

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