Queer, Luca Guadagnino returns to the set to adapt Burroughs’ novel

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The next film effort by Luca Guadagnino, entitled Queerproduction will begin shortly: shooting on the Italian filmmaker’s new film should begin this spring, starring Daniel Craig (although the role given to Craig has not yet been made official, as well as that of his co-star Frances McDormand).

The film is the adaptation of the controversial homonymous novel by William S. Burroughs (published in Italy by Adelphi). Based on the information offered by the casting director, production should start in April and then end in July.
Filming should therefore end in time so as not to overlap with the arrival of Guadagnino’s next film in theaters: Challengers.
The latter is the story of love and sport starring Zendaya, Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist, expected in cinemas starting August 10, 2023.
A biopic that Luca Guadagnino has announced he wants to shoot could also be filmed this year: the one on Audrey Hepburn.

The Burroughs novel on which the film is based

Queer is the novel by William Burroughs which remained unpublished until 1985. In Italy it has been translated with the titles Queer And Differentwhile the current edition of Adelphi is titled Queerlike the original.

The work was written between 1951 and 1953. It is considered a sort of sequel to another highly controversial novel (as controversial are all Burroughs’ writings, after all): Junkies of 1953.
Besides being all controversial, the writings of this legendary American author are all autobiographical. In particular, Queer refers to the time the writer spent in Mexico, focusing on his fight against heroin addiction.

The plot of the novel

In an endless slum (defined by Burroughs as an “interzone”) that goes from Mexico City to Panama, the protagonist Lee buzzes around Allerton. The man weaves an amorous web around this boy, whose ambiguity and indifference pique Lee’s interest. The protagonist frequents sordid clubs, offering the reader a really heavy black humor. It is a novel on the roadwhich stops at “the worst bars in Caracas”, as they say.
The setting of Queer focuses on Mexico City, the crime capital of the world (“the sky of that special shade of blue that goes so well with the circling vultures” is one of the epic lines in William Burroughs’ work).