The Weinstein Co. is teaming with Stay producer Tom Lassally to bring a biopic of fictitious author J.T. Leroy to the bigscreen based on a trio of articles by New York Times scribe Warren St. John, says Variety. Jesse Peretz, who helmed TWC's upcoming Fast Track, is attached to direct from a script by Captain Mauzner.
St. John last month broke the story that Leroy -- an alleged HIV-positive teen street hustler-turned-lit sensation -- was actually the invention of musician and writer Laura Albert, and that Leroy's public appearances were made by a young woman named Savannah Knoop.
St. John had initially interviewed Leroy 16 months ago without realizing the author's true identity. The scribe exposed Albert's hoax in his next two pieces on Leroy by following up on a Stephen Beachy New York magazine piece that raised questions about the author's identity.