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Patti Smith to Co-Write 'Just Kids' Movie

Punk legend is adapting her memoir with playwright John Logan

August 16, 2011 8:30 AM ET
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Patti Smith at a Los Angeles book signing.
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Patti Smith is collaborating with playwright John Logan on the screenplay for a film adaptation of her National Book Award-winning memoir Just Kids. Logan, who won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play for Red, also has screenwriting credits for Gladiator, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd and Rango. This will be Smith's first experience writing for the screen, though she did co-write the play Cowboy Mouth with Sam Shepard.

Just Kids, the story of Smith's close friendship with the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the Sixties and Seventies, has received significant critical acclaim and has spent 37 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

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Smith is a very busy woman these days. In addition to working on the Just Kids screenplay, the punk legend is also developing a second memoir, writing a mystery novel, penning several books of poetry and recording a new album to be released next year. 

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