Adam 'MCA' Yauch of the Beastie Boys is to release a documentary film about revered Beat writer, drugs connoisseur and general counter-culture icon, William S. Burroughs.

Yauch's production company, Oscilloscope, will release 'William S. Burroughs: A Man Within' in US theatres this autumn, with a DVD and digital release following, the NME has reported.

The documentary, directed by Yony Leyser, features previously unseen archive footage of the author, and interviews with the likes of Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Gus Van Zant, David Cronenberg and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo, with whom Burroughs collaborated with on his 1990 spoken word album, 'Dead City Radio'.

Burroughs, who died in 1997, also worked with Kurt Cobain and U2. Sonic Youth and Patti Smith have teamed up for the film's soundtrack. In a statement, Oscilloscope's David Fenkel said, "Yony has managed to make a film that captures so much of what Burroughs was about and what he means to so many people. Oscilloscope manages to balance releases that are not only artistic, but also socially conscious and culturally relevant."

Oscilloscope is also to release 'Howl', a biopic of Burrough's fellow Beat poet and sometime-lover, Allen Ginsberg.