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Guy Pearce, Ben Foster, and Kelly MacDonald Attached to Steve Buscemi’s Adaptation of William S. Burroughs Novel ‘Queer’

3 November 2011 5:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Being a big fan of William S. Burroughs, especially of his early novels before rampant experimentation took over, I thought one of the best news stories of 2010 was the fact that The Messenger and Rampart writer/director Oren Moverman had scripted an adaptation of Burroughs' early novel Queer and that Steve Buscemi would produce and direct [1]. Readings of that script have taken place here and there, but we've heard almost nothing about Queer since Moverman started working in earnest on Rampart. With that film finished, earning serious early praise and being set for an Oscar qualifying run late this year and full release in early 2012, news on Queer is starting to surface once more. In short, the Moverman script is still in use, and Buscemi is still directing. Even better, a recent post-Rampart screening Q&A with Moverman revealed that Guy Pearce, Ben Foster and Kelly MacDonald are »

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Buscemi’s Queer Adds Pearce, Foster And MacDonald To Its Cast

3 November 2011 1:56 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Guy Pearce, Ben Foster and Kelly MacDonald will be the vessels through which Steve Buscemi’s upcoming film (an adaptation of William S. Burrough’s novel, ‘Queer’) will be realised. Buscemi’s directorial prowess has perhaps been underappreciated at times due to his enthralling acting performances receiving such high praise, but his experience and ability cannot be denied. As well as several feature films, he has directed numerous episodes of the monumental HBO series’ ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Oz’.

Oren Moverman, who penned the original script for Queer a decade ago, described the crux of the narrative as follows:

‘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 »

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Steve Buscemi Gets 'Queer' Project and Cast

3 November 2011 8:54 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

It's been a while since New York's most famous firefighter Steve Buscemi directed a full-length flick, but his next project sounds like a doozy.

A few years ago, Buscemi took part in a staged reading of writer-director Oren Moverman's script for an adaptation of the William S. Burroughs short novel "Queer." According to Moverman, whose next movie "Rampart" stars Woody Harrelson as a troubled cop, Buscemi will direct "Queer," and Guy Pearce, Ben Foster and Kelly Macdonald are attached to star. (Foster and Harrelson costar in Moverman's fantastic directorial debut, "The Messenger.")

Uncle Bill's novel "Naked Lunch" was successfully adapted by David Cronenberg for the 1992 movie starring Peter Weller, but his aren't typically books that lend themselves easily to a typical movie narrative. "Naked Lunch" and later novels employed the cut-up technique, a method made popular by writer and artist Brion Gysin where one literally cuts up the text and rearranges it. »

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Steve Buscemi to Direct Guy Pearce, Ben Foster, and Kelly Macdonald In Oren Moverman-Scripted ‘Queer’

2 November 2011 9:13 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Through decades of performances given for some of our greatest living filmmakers, we all know Steve Buscemi can act. He’s also done a little directing here and there, much of it in TV, but how would he fare with a prestigious cast and the adaptation of a legendary author? We’ll find out soon; Vulture reports that the actor will direct Guy Pearce, Ben Foster, and his Boardwalk Empire co-star, Kelly Macdonald, in an adaptation of William S. BurroughsQueer. The Messenger and Rampart director Oren Moverman spilled details on the adaptation, which he wrote the script for ten years ago.

He described the proceedings as “William S. Burroughs kind of discovering himself as a writer,” all of which was “happening at the same time [...] where [Burroughs] killed his wife, you know, during the whole famous William Tell routine.” Moverman said that this event is “sort of the incident that »

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