You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Weinsteins feeling the scribe vibe

Fake writer biopic booked

The Weinstein Co. is teaming with “Stay” producer Tom Lassally to bring a biopic of fictitious author J.T. Leroy to the bigscreen based on a trio of articles by New York Times scribe Warren St. John.

Jesse Peretz, who helmed TWC’s upcoming “Fast Track,” is attached to direct from a script by Captain Mauzner. The scribe penned the mini-major’s upcoming “Factory Girl.”

St. John last month broke the story that Leroy — an alleged HIV-positive teen street hustler-turned-lit sensation — was actually the invention of musician and writer Laura Albert, and that Leroy’s public appearances were made by a young woman named Savannah Knoop.

St. John had initially interviewed Leroy 16 months ago without realizing the author’s true identity. The scribe exposed Albert’s hoax in his next two pieces on Leroy by following up on a Stephen Beachy New York magazine piece that raised questions about the author’s identity.

Over a number of years, Albert’s ruse won her creation, Leroy’s work, a cadre of celeb backers, from Winona Ryder to Courtney Love. Leroy’s gritty fictional works — including “Sarah” and “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things” — supposedly drew on the author’s real life as a cross-dressing teen prostitute from West Virginia.

A bigscreen adaptation of the Leroy tome “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things,” directed and starring Asia Argento, is set to open this week. That film was penned by Albert under the Leroy identity.

UTA is packaging the Leroy pic, and no cast has yet been set.

Michael Cole and Kelly Carmichael will oversee project for TWC.

St. John is also the author of “Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Journey Into the Heart of Fan Mania,” about obsessive football fans.

TWC optioned the articles directly from the Times.

More Film

  • China Regulator Calls Korean Film, TV

    China’s SARFT Head Calls Korean Film, TV Blockade an ‘Emotional Issue’

    The Weinstein Co. is teaming with “Stay” producer Tom Lassally to bring a biopic of fictitious author J.T. Leroy to the bigscreen based on a trio of articles by New York Times scribe Warren St. John. Jesse Peretz, who helmed TWC’s upcoming “Fast Track,” is attached to direct from a script by Captain Mauzner. The […]

  • Morelia: Locarno Industry Academy Hosts Third

    Morelia: Locarno Industry Academy Ready for Third Mexican Installment

    The Weinstein Co. is teaming with “Stay” producer Tom Lassally to bring a biopic of fictitious author J.T. Leroy to the bigscreen based on a trio of articles by New York Times scribe Warren St. John. Jesse Peretz, who helmed TWC’s upcoming “Fast Track,” is attached to direct from a script by Captain Mauzner. The […]

  • Five projects vie for prizes at

    Morelia: Five Projects Vie for Prizes at Pix-in-Post Program Impulso Morelia

    The Weinstein Co. is teaming with “Stay” producer Tom Lassally to bring a biopic of fictitious author J.T. Leroy to the bigscreen based on a trio of articles by New York Times scribe Warren St. John. Jesse Peretz, who helmed TWC’s upcoming “Fast Track,” is attached to direct from a script by Captain Mauzner. The […]

  • 'The Fortress' Review

    Film Review: 'The Fortress'

    The Weinstein Co. is teaming with “Stay” producer Tom Lassally to bring a biopic of fictitious author J.T. Leroy to the bigscreen based on a trio of articles by New York Times scribe Warren St. John. Jesse Peretz, who helmed TWC’s upcoming “Fast Track,” is attached to direct from a script by Captain Mauzner. The […]

  • Courtesy of Vertical Entertainment

    Film Review: 'Never Here'

    The Weinstein Co. is teaming with “Stay” producer Tom Lassally to bring a biopic of fictitious author J.T. Leroy to the bigscreen based on a trio of articles by New York Times scribe Warren St. John. Jesse Peretz, who helmed TWC’s upcoming “Fast Track,” is attached to direct from a script by Captain Mauzner. The […]

  • Busan: Hong Sang-soo Trio Set for

    Busan: Hong Sang-soo Film Trio Set for U.S. Release

    The Weinstein Co. is teaming with “Stay” producer Tom Lassally to bring a biopic of fictitious author J.T. Leroy to the bigscreen based on a trio of articles by New York Times scribe Warren St. John. Jesse Peretz, who helmed TWC’s upcoming “Fast Track,” is attached to direct from a script by Captain Mauzner. The […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content