Showtime to Make Patti Smith's 'Just Kids' into Series

This has been the year of TV revivals. With a new series for everything from Twin Peaks and Wet Hot American Summer to The Notebook hitting screens, there seems to be a new show every week. For those looking to rage just a little harder, Showtime president David Nevins just announced a series about Patti Smith coming soon. With rumors of a screenplay circulating in 2011, we’re so ready to see the rocker’s life finally play out on screen. Patti herself, along with Penny Dreadful producer John Logan, will write and produce the show based off of her National Book Award winning memoir Just Kids.

The best selling 2010 memoir deals with Smith growing up in the 60s and 70s, meeting legends like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and famed druggie writer William S. Burroughs. However, the focus is on her complicated relationship with the late Robert Mapplethorpe, who helped to inspire her debut album Horses. Smith said in a statement, "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."

This comes hot on the heels of a major Patti Smith reemergence into pop culture— don’t call it a come back. She also announced a second book, M Train, to be released this October. Smith is proof that you can’t stop the genius from flowing.

Photo by Lynn Goldsmith

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