Last summer, we posted details and a trailer to a new documentary about legendary Beat writer William S. Burroughs, which features interviews with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo, Laurie Anderson, the great Genesis P-Orridge, directors John Waters, Gus Van Sant, and David Cronenberg (of course), Jello Biafra, Patti Smith, and Stooge Iggy Pop. While a theatrical release date for William S. Burroughs: A Man Within was still in question at the time as festival screenings were still on the horizon, indieWIRE reports today that the doc will hit theaters, DVD, and television within the year.
Distributed by Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch’s film company, Oscilloscope, the documentary will also be offered at digital retail outlets this fall. What’s more, PBS will air the film within their “Independent Lens” series.
I, for one, can’t wait to see this film. Did I mention that Sonic Youth and Patti Smith provide the soundtrack while the guy who played RoboCop (Peter Weller) narrates? ‘Tis true. Check out the trailer (complete with a wonderful Iggy Pop freakout) below: