It's Been A Good Week For Neil Strauss
Well, you gotta hand it to "The Office" writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. Even with their first written feature effort "Year One" tanking hard at the box office with critics and basically with anyone who watched it, the duo are still getting work. They've long been attached to the forever gestating "Ghostbusters 3" and they wrote the upcoming Jake Kasdan-directed comedy "Bad Teacher" starring Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake. So perhaps "Year One" was just an unfortunate debut flop? Guess we'll have to wait and see.
In the meantime, a new project has crossed their desks, a polish job on the script for the adaptation of the Neil Strauss book "The Game." The film has been developing for a while, being positioned generically as a "dating comedy," the film is sure to be a bit different than your standard rom-com. Part memoir and part expose, the autobiographical book chronicled Strauss' own adventures in the guys club world of pick-up artists and his experiences and successes with the techniques he learned from these guys that more or less involves reducing women to a bunch of base stereotypes. Basically, it's kind of total sleazebag stuff and considering the author has gone on to hang with all sorts of sundry people (Motley Crue and Jenna Jameson among them) the world of the less-than-respectable seems to be a comfortable one for Strauss.
Anyway, the script has already gone through a couple hands with Adam Sztykiel ("Made Of Honor," "Due Date") and Dan Weiss both having taken a stab at it. Ari Sandel ("Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights") is still on board to direct the project. We're not sure how a book about dudes with low self-esteem being taught creepily how to seduce women will turn into a "dating comedy," but we're sure Hollywood will figure out a way. And oh yeah, another Strauss book, “Emergency!: This Book Will Save Your Life” was optioned by Sony as a producing and potential starring vehicle for Robert Downey Jr. earlier in the week.