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Ben Foster is set to make his directorial debut and will star alongside Kristen Stewart and Tom Glynn-Carney in an untitled movie adaptation of Naked Lunch author William Burroughs’ early works and letters.
Celluloid Dreams has nabbed the international sales rights to the project, to be introduced to buyers at Cannes. Foster and Oren Moverman will write the screenplay for the film about a love triangle among Burroughs, the famous Beat Generation writer to be played by Foster, his unsung common-law muse, Joan Vollmer (Stewart), and a young, straight-laced American ex-pat named Allerton, played by Glynn-Carney, who dramatically upends their lives.
Burroughs, also known for novels such as Junkie and Queer, is regarded as a leading post-war novelist who, along with fellow writers Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, defined 1950s and 1960s America and inspired generations of writers, musicians and artists.
“Our film is kind of anti-Beat. We meet our star-crossed lovers in New York City, head to the Texas border, roar through Mexico City’s underbelly and end up in the Amazon jungle. This film is about love, sex and self-discovery in all of its lush, dark and often hilarious complexity,” Foster said in a statement.
Foster is currently executive producing and starring in Barry Levinson’s boxing biopic, Harry Haft, in the title role of the Jewish boxer who fought for his survival in German concentration camps. Stewart stars in the forthcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot and Amazon’s Against All Enemies.
Glynn-Carney, best known for his role in Dunkirk, is set to appear in David Michod’s upcoming film The King. Wren Arthur, Ken Kao and Moverman are producing, with Steve Buscemi serving as executive producer.
UTA Independent Film Group will handle North American sales on the untitled project.
Foster is repped by UTA, Stewart is with Gersh and Glynn-Carney is with Independent Talent Group as well as UTA.
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