Voltage Pictures is developing Charles Bukowski’s semi-autobiographical novel “Women” into a movie.
Voltage topper Nicolas Chartier will produce with Dominic Rustam overseeing. Ethan Furman has adapted a script from the 1978 novel, in which protagonist Hank Chinaski is a celebrated poet and writer and is faced with a variety of women who provide him only temporary fulfillment.
The Chinaski character appeared in eight other Bukowski novels: “Confessions of a Man Insane Enough to Live With the Beasts” (1965), “Post Office” (1971), “South of No North” (1973), “Factotum” (1975), “Ham on Rye” (1982), “Hot Water Music” (1983), “Hollywood” (1989) and “Septuagenarian Stew” (1990). Bukowski died in 1994 in Los Angeles.
Bukowski also wrote the screenplay for 1987’s semi-autobiographical “Barfly,” directed by Barbet Schroeder and starring Mickey Rourke as Henry along with Faye Dunaway. The movie also features a cameo appearance by Bukowski himself.
James Franco recently wrapped production on a Bukowski biopic that he directed and produced. Tim Blake Nelson stars as the author.
Voltage financed “Dallas Buyers Club” and produced “The Hurt Locker,” “Don Jon” and “Killer Joe.” It launched sales at Cannes of an untitled Bruce Willis detective action-comedy at Cannes.
News about “Women” was first reported by the Tracking Board.