Burroughs is regarded as one of the most prominent post-war novelists, along with fellow writers Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, who led the Beat Generation in the 1950s and '60s in an attempt to fight against the conventions of mainstream American life.
The film explores the unusual love triangle between Burroughs (Foster), his charismatic muse, Joan Vollmer (Stewart), and a young, straight-laced American expatriate named Allerton (Glynn-Carney) who upends their lives to the extreme.
Oren Moverman has penned the screenplay.
"Our film is kind of anti-beat. We meet our star crossed lovers in New York City, had to the Texas border, roar through the Amazon jungle. This film is al about love, sex and self discovery in all its lush, dark and often hilarious complexity," Foster said.
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