Last year we wrote about rock icon Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids, which detailed one of the more infamous times in American rock history and charted the legendary relationship between Smith and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The book was a critical and commercial success for Smith, who has been rumored to have been working on a cinematic interpretation of the memoir for some time now.
And now, thanks to a message from Smith and Showtime President David Nevins, we know exactly what the next chapter will hold for Kids. Smith will be working with Penny Dreadful’s John Logan to release the memoir as a miniseries on Showtime. This news comes on the heels of the announcement of Kids’ follow-up novel, M Train.
One of the interesting components of Just Kids is that it has moments in which the focus shifts from the book’s protagonists (Smith and Mapplethorpe) to gigantic revolutionaries like Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. These larger-than-life personalities are prominently featured in the book, which means they’ll more than likely appear in the show as well. This, combined with Smith’s simple, philosophical undertones and the roller coaster of the Smith-Mapplethorpe relationship should make this miniseries one hell of a ride.