A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
- In 2008, while performing the Broadway play Equus, Daniel Radcliffe auditioned and got the part of Allen Ginsberg. Radcliffe went on to film the last two Harry Potter movies, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), and with him unavailable for filming, Chris Evans, Jesse Eisenberg, and Ben Whishaw were cast without Radcliffe. Shortly after, financing for the film fell through. When director John Krokidas started again with the film, he offered the role of Allen Ginsberg back to Radcliffe.
- In this film, David Cross plays Allen Ginsberg's father, Louis. In I'm Not There. (2007), David Cross played Allen Ginsberg himself.
- Chris Evans, Jesse Eisenberg and Ben Whishaw were originally cast in the lead roles.
- Actor Ezra Miller turned down the role of Lucien Carr, which was then given to Dane DeHaan.
- Daniel Radcliffe met girlfriend Erin Darke on set.
- Some library scenes were filmed at the New York Academy of Medicine.
- First feature film directed by John Krokidas.
- Dane DeHaan revealed during a Q&A that he was actually strangling himself during the attempted suicide scenes.
“Kill Your Darlings” Deleted Scenes
Alot of Elizabeth's scenes ended up being deleted. I could...
“Kill Your Darlings” – Elizabeth’s Scenes
SPOILER ALERT: Scenes from the film. Elizabeth as Edie Parker
In 2008, while performing Equus on Broadway, Daniel Radcliffe auditioned and got the part of Ginsberg. Radcliffe went on to film the last two Harry Potter films, Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2, and with him unavailable for filming, Chris Evans, Jesse Eisenberg, and Ben Whishaw were cast without Radcliffe. Shortly after, financing for the film fell through. When director John Krokidas started production on the film again, he offered the role of Ginsberg back to Radcliffe.
The film had its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, garnering positive first reactions. It was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and it had a limited theatrical North American release from October 16, 2013. Kill Your Darlings became available on Blu-ray and DVD, March 18, 2014 in the US, followed by its UK release on April 21, 2014.
Script developed by Never Enough Design / Edited by KaciElizabeth