'Call Me By Your Name' Director Luca Guadagnino Takes on Williams Burroughs in New Project

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday December 9, 2022

Luca Guadagnino and Timothée Chalamet
Luca Guadagnino and Timothée Chalamet  

"Call Me By Your Name" director Luca Guadagnino has found his next film project in the novel "Queer" by William S. Burroughs.

As reported by Deadline, Guadagnino is planning a film adaptation of the book with "Glass Onion" star Daniel Craig set to be the lead. Guadagnino is reportedly now looking to raise financing for the project to bring it to screens.

The character at the center of the novel "Queer" is Lee, who recounts his life in Mexico City "among American expatriate college students and bar owners surviving on part-time jobs and GI Bill benefits," Deadline reports. Lee is attracted to a man named Allerton, but he is self-conscious, insecure in his pursuit.

Allerton is a character based on Adelbert Lewis Marker (1930-1998), "a recently discharged American Navy serviceman from Jacksonville, Florida, who befriended Burroughs in Mexico City," Deadline reports. Queer was published in 1985 and written between 1951 and 1953.

"Queer" is a sequel to Burroughs' "Junkie" and centers on the author's time getting off of heroin.

Watch Burroughs discuss the details surrounding his addiction in an interview with CBC below.