As originally reported at NY magazine’s Vulture website, director/screenplay writer Oren Moverman recently opened up about his next big screen project and that is the adaptation of William S. Burroughs “Queer”. The finances are not all lined up for the film, but they already have have actors Guy Pearce, Ben Foster and Kelly MacDonald signed on for the project and actor/director Steve Buscemi will direct the film. Moverman has been working on this adaptation for ten years and he feels like it’s the perfect time to produce this film and I say bravo! It’s surely going to be one hell of a film and will most likely make it to some of the best Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals around the country – or it just might skip that step and make it to the big screen….
“Steve is one of the first people I worked with in the film business, and he’s a great director. I love him as a director. Queer was written with Junkie, which was the first Burroughs book, but it was never published because the publisher said, you know, ‘I’ve got Junkie, you want to put Queer in there? How far can I push this thing?’ So it wasn’t published until 1984. It was written in 1952. And once it was published, it was really the story of William S. Burroughs kind of discovering himself as a writer by being obsessed with this boy. And there’s very little in it about the wife, but what’s happening at the same time is it’s the time where [Burroughs] killed his wife, you know, during the whole famous William Tell routine. So that’s sort of the incident that we started working with and built this whole movie around.”
Oren Moverman, adapter of “Queer” film