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World gets rights to Carroll’s ‘Diaries’

World Films Inc. has acquired international rights to Jim Carroll’s “The Basketball Diaries,” starring Oscar-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the company announced Thursday at the American Film Market in Santa Monica.

Currently in pre-production, “Diaries” begins lensing in Gotham in mid-March.

Film will be helmed by Scott Kalvert and produced by Island Pictures. Liz Heller produces with exec producer Dan Genetti.

Appearing first in the Paris Review, “Diaries” is a tale of sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and death as the final thrill. Carroll himself will appear in the movie version of his life.

While living on Gotham’s wild side as a youth, Carroll’s rock band headlined at CBGB’s on the Bowery and mixed it up with the J. Geils Band and Keith Richards. Carroll had an alternative radio hit in the early ’80s with his song “People Who Died.”

“I’m glad that Leonardo is playing the part,” Carroll said in a release. “I’ve been told how much he looks like me at that age. It’s a challenging part, balancing vulnerability with an air of defiance.”

DiCaprio is a supporting-actor Oscar nominee this year for his performance in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.”

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