John Krokidas to direct Beat scene thriller

Killer Films topper Christine Vachon has optioned the spec script “Kill Your Darlings,” a biopic thriller by John Krokidas and Austin Bunn.

Krokidas will direct the pic, which involves a 1944 murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

“I fell in love with this when I read it,” Vachon said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore the birth of the Beats through this little known and shocking crime.”

Bunn, who co-wrote Vachon’s book “A Killer Life,” brought the idea to Krokidas. Vachon will produce while D/F Management’s Steven Dontanville will exec produce.

Krokidas also is attached to direct “Slo-Mo” for Sandy Stern and Michael Stipe’s Single Cell Pictures.

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