[Kulchur Magazine Cover: William S Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, morningside Heights, New York City December 1944. Ginsberg Collection]
We knew it wouldn't be long before And the Hippos Were Boiled in their Tanks (penned by Kerouac and Burroughs) would find it's way into some screenwriter's hands, but didn't expect it this quickly. This is the first any of us have heard about this one, so no interesting background to share I'm afraid. I can say that with producer Christine Vachon (Boys Don't Cry, I'm Not There, Savage Grace) behind it, things are off to a very good start. Variety posted standard basic facts announcement yesterday, but for something a little more amusing, Queerty.com will not disappoint, tagging it as "a murder mystery where everyone is attractive and well-read."
To be fair, the script is probably not drawn directly from Hippos since many people had written versions of the story, Ginsberg included, but this having just hit the stores last fall, the timing is at least curious.
On the other Beat film front, the film Howl is now in it's second day of shooting in various locations throughout New York City. Our friends in London found these before we did.
[photos: Splash News/Queerty.com]
2012 - see later Ginsberg blog postings for significant updates on both of these projects