Steve Buscemi is set to direct an adaptation of the William S. Burroughs novel Queer, which will star Guy Pearce, Ben Foster, and Kelly MacDonald for director Steve Buscemi. “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,” Moverman explained.
Queer was originally written as an extension of Junkie, which had been judged too short and uninteresting for publication. However Burroughs lost interest in the manuscript, and chose not to return to it even when Junkie was accepted. It was doubtful whether much of the content could be published in the USA at that time, since the heavy homosexual content and theme could be held as obscene. Jack Kerouac admired the work and thought it would appeal to “east coast homosexual literary critics”. It was eventually published in 1985 with a new Introduction.
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 21 year old.
via Guy Pearce, Ben Foster, and Kelly MacDonald Attached to Steve Buscemi’s Queer — Vulture.