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Scarlett Johansson's latest project sounds a little spooky. She's signed on to star in an adaptation of Jon Ronson's book "The Psychopath Test," a non-fiction book about psychopaths and "the madness industry." It's not exactly clear how the book will be adapted into a narrative, or where Johansson will fit in, but it's being described as "a psychological thriller." Here's the Amazon description of the book:
When Jon Ronson is drawn into an elaborate hoax played on some of the world's top scientists, his investigation leads him, unexpectedly, to psychopaths. He meets an influential psychologist who is convinced that many important business leaders and politicians are in fact high-flying, high-functioning psychopaths, and teaches Ronson how to spot them. Armed with these new abilities, Ronson meets a patient inside an asylum for the criminally insane who insists that he's sane, a mere run-of-the-mill troubled youth, not a psychopath - »
- Jenni Miller
Jon Ronson is a renowned investigative journalist who has spent years exploring the more hidden aspects of society for radio, television, and print. His books, including Clubbed Class, Them: Adventures With Extremists and The Men Who Stare At Goats, all feature a narrative structure that is specific to Ronson’s work – setting factual investigation within the gripping flow of his experiences in tracking down the information. Each account has the reader essentially riding shotgun with Ronson as he goes to get the story. The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industry, published in 2011, features this structure, too, and is now being developed by Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment as The Psychopath Test, starring Scarlett Johansson.
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industry sets out to explore the murky world of psychiatric diagnosis, and in doing so, looks at the mental health industry, including the media, the professionals and the patients – specifically psychopaths. »
- Sarah Myles
Now we're sure that author Jon Ronson will correct us on this if we've got this wrong, but there's an incident that he describes at the start of his excellent book, The Psychopath Test. He talks about a threat being made to an unnamed website, as a consequence of an interview that was run with Ronson himself.
Er, we think that was us. Let's just say that we certainly had a few (friendly) phone calls about it. If you've read the book, you'll know which bit we're referring to. Again, it may be another website that we don't know of, but reading Ronson's words brough back some memories.
If you've not read the book, then you may be tempted to go for a film version of The Psychopath Test instead. Universal Pictures is backing the movie take on the book, »
Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have set "Futurama" and SNL writer Kristin Gore to pen a psychological thriller film adaptation of "The Men Who Stare At Goats" author Jon Ronson's book "The Psychopath Test".
The story deals with how the medical community tries to diagnose and classify an elusive group - remorseless, deadly psychopaths. Around 1% of people are said to be psychopaths - devoid of empathy, manipulative, deceitful, charming, seductive, and delusional. The book explores their world and the madness industry.
Roach and Gore are also teaming on the HBO comedy pilot W"omen In Space" about a group of women on a mission to colonize another planet.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Scarlett Johansson has signed on to star in The Psychopath Test for Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. Kristin Gore, the daughter of Al Gore and a former writer for Futurama, has signed on to write the screenplay adaptation, based on the book of the same name by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats, Frank).
No details were given for Scarlett Johansson's character, but the book examines how the medical community tries to diagnose and identify remorseless serial killers. During the course of writing his book, Jon Ronson came across several psychopaths and others whose lives were touched by madness, along with a psychologist who developed what is known as The Psychopath Test.
Jay Roach (The Campaign, Trumbo) has signed on to direct The Psychopath Test, and he will also serve as a producer alongside Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey. Erica Huggins and »
Jon Ronson’s non-fiction book The Psychopath Test might not seem like the sort of tome you'd instantly picture making the transition to film. Universal clearly disagrees, setting up an adaptation deal that has Scarlett Johansson attached to star and Jay Roach to direct. Kristin Gore, a veteran of Futurama and Saturday Night Live, is on board to write the script, which will turn the book’s subject matter – how the medical community attempts to diagnose and classify psychopaths and the industry that has built up around them – into a psychological thriller.There are scant details yet on what the final movie, assuming it makes it through the thorny forest of development, will actually be about, but Ronson’s work has proved fruitful in the past, with The Men Who Stare At Goats already turned into a film.Johansson enjoyed a big hit with Lucy last year and earned plenty »
Universal Pictures is doing more business with Scarlett Johansson, no surprise after Lucy turned into a surprise hit. Johansson will star in The Psychopath Test, a film directed by Jay Roach based on the book of the same name by Jon Ronson, who also wrote The Men Who Stare at Goats. The book looks at ways […]
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- Russ Fischer
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