Life of LSD Maven Timothy Leary Coming to the Big Screen
Miramax will be bringing to theaters the life of psychologist and acid-dropping icon of 1960s counterculture Timothy Leary. The film company has acquired the rights to Robert Greenfield’s upcoming Timothy Leary: A Biography, which Harcourt will release on June 5.
The biopic will be scripted and co-produced by Bill Wheeler. City Entertainment's Joshua Maurer will produce, with the book’s author serving as a co-executive producer.
The commune-living beatnik’s life has been chronicled onscreen only twice, in the documentary Timothy Leary Is Dead, in 1996, and Timothy Leary’s Last Trip, in 1997.
Leary (1920–1996) was an outspoken proponent of LSD and coined the mantra “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” With a Ph.D. in psychology, he became an assistant professor at Berkeley in 1950, then a lecturer in psychology in 1959. He was also the godfather of Winona Ryder and Uma Thurman.