Smith is working with John Logan, who wrote the screenplay for Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator and who won a Tony for Red (his play about the artist Mark Rothko),to adapt the book, which tells the story of Smith and her best friend, gay artist Robert Mapplethorpe, as they ran wild through early 1970s New York, creating game-changing music and art.
Smith told the New York Times:
[S]he and Mr. Logan were friends and that she had particularly admired his script for “Coriolanus,” the coming film adaptation directed by a mutual friend of theirs, Ralph Fiennes. She also cited Mr. Logan’s Tony-winning play about Mark Rothko, “Red.” “It was a beautiful script and he’s very knowledgeable about art,” Ms. Smith said, speaking by phone, adding later, “He’s very knowledgeable about Robert and his work too.”
There’s no director, stars or funding yet, but this thing won The National Book Award for non-fiction. Clearly, that’s no guarantee, but somebody with love for this project and cash to burn is sure to step up.
Okay, your turn. And while you’re thinking, let this video of Smith’s unexpected and amazingly cool cover of “You Light Up My Life” inspire you.