Kill Your Darlings
Director/Writer: John Krokidas
Writer(s): Krokidas and Austin Bunn
Producer(s): Krokidas, Killer Films’ Christine Vachon, Benaroya Pictures’ Michael Benaroya, Rose Pictures’ Rose Ganguzza
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael C. Hall, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Huston, Kyra Sedgwick
Not sure if anyone else is suffering from Beat Generation fatigue, but this posits Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac at the very beginnings of what would be a solid, longstanding, somewhat complicated friendship of three and if John Krokidas captures their tale “visual flair, kinetic energy, and imagination” as Sundance suggests it, then we can hope that this is an atypical bio about three pivotal players in American literature that have been bogged down filmically in the recent past. Krokidas couldn’t have asked for a better dream team both behind, and in front of the camera for his directorial debut – prospects are good indeed.
Gist: Written by Austin Bunn, this explores poet Allen Ginsberg’s (Daniel Radcliffe) life through his relationships with fellow writers Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) and how their bond is tested when a friend is murdered.
Release Date: Sundance Film Festival – U.S Dramatic Competition. Should receive a distribution deal shortly after.