Scarlett Johansson Teams with Jay Roach for 'The Psychopath Test'
Even though Scarlett Johansson just had her first child not too long ago, she's wasting no time lining up a series of future project. The actress will be back as Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War, and she's taking the lead in the big screen adaptation of the anime Ghost in the Shell. Now Deadline reports Universal Pictures has attached the actress to lead The Psychopath Test, a psychological thriller from writer Kristin Gore, based on Jon Ronson's book of the same name. Game Change and Meet the Parents director Jay Roach is attached to direct with Brian Grazer producing through his own Everyman Pictures banner.
Roach and Gore and just coming off a comedy pilot for HBO called "Women in Space," following a group of women tasked with the mission of colonizing another planet. As for Ronson, you should be familiar with his work since he wrote the book that turned into the film The Men Who Stare at Goats. This time the story follows the medical community as they try to diagnose and classify people as being remorseless, deadly psychopaths. Only one out of every hundred people is a true psychopath, and the book explores the world of diagnosing and dealing with this madness.
Gore is an interesting talent, because not only is she the daughter of Al Gore, but she's a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon (where National Lampoon was born), and she also wrote for "Saturday Night Live" and "Futurama." On the big screen, she's done uncredited work on the screenplays for Her and Foxcatcher. There's a lot of female power here in front of the camera and on the page, but it's a shame Universal can't get a female director behind the camera as well. Anyway, we'll see how this one develops soon enough.
Sounds like a departure from her other works. I like the premise. I keep my ear to the ground.
DAVIDPD on Feb 19, 2015
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