Jesse Eisenberg Joins Kill Your Darlings as Allen Ginsberg
by Alex Billington
March 17, 2009
Killer Films is developing Kill Your Darlings, about the poet Allen Ginsberg and the murder that helped spawn the Beat Generation. Jesse Eisenberg (The Squid and the Whale, Adventureland) has been cast in the lead role as Ginsberg, and Chris Evans and Ben Whishaw have also joined the cast as Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr, respectively. John Krokidas will be making his directorial debut. The script was written by Krokidas and his Yale roommate Austin Bunn. The story surrounding the murder is quite fascinating, so read on for more. This is also not related to Howl, the other Allen Ginsberg biopic starring James Franco.
There is a great write-up on the events that make up the story in Kill Your Darlings over at CHUD. Columbia student Lucien Carr befriended Allen Ginsberg and introduced him to Jack Kerouac and fellow Beat poet William Burroughs. Carr was also friends with a somewhat deranged David Kammerer, who was in love with Carr. When Kerouac and Carr decided to join the Merchant Marines, Kammerer flipped out and ended up in a scuffle with Carr at a park, where he eventually stabbed Kammerer to death. There's more to the story, but that's the basic idea, which should make for a fascinating film, especially with this cast.