Showtime to Adapt Patti Smith Memoir ‘Just Kids’ Into Miniseries


Of all the news to come out of this year’s Television Critics Association press tour, Showtime’s might just be the most exciting: the network will adapt Just Kids, Patti Smith’s 2010 memoir of her years spent in New York City with Robert Mapplethorpe, into a limited series. Smith will produce and co-write the series with John Logan, currently the showrunner for Showtime’s Victorian horror series Penny Dreadful.

While the series has yet to cast its leads or set a release date, Smith elaborated on her decision to bring her book to the small screen in a Showtime press release:

“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,” says Smith. “The medium of a television limited series offers narrative freedom and a chance to expand upon the themes of the book.”

Smith’s sequel memoir, M Train, is due out October 6th.