EXCLUSIVE: Reveille and Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite Prods. have optioned the TV rights to journalist/author A.J. Jacobs’ best-selling non-fiction book My Life As An Experiment for a potential half-hour comedy series. This marks one of the first projects under Black’s two-year exclusive production deal with Reveille inked in April. The book, whose full title is My Life As An Experiment: One Man’s Humble Quest To Improve Himself By Living As a Woman, Becoming George Washington, Telling No Lies, And Other Radical Tests, is being released by Simon & Schuster in paperback today.
Esquire Editor-at-Large Jacob is known for immersing himself in a self-improvement project and then writing about it. In My Life As an Experiment, he provides a humorous account of his 10 month-long exercises in self-improvement—from assuming the identity of a beautiful young woman to outsourcing his life to a couple of Indian assistants, to living a life of Radical Honesty. “I’m being radically honest when I say I’m thrilled to be working with Reveille and Jack Black, and I’m looking forward to helping them transform these stories from my life into a series,” Jacobs quipped. Reveille’s EVP scripted TV Carolyn Bernstein called the stories “tailor-made for television,” noting that they “chronicle A.J.’s real-life adventures in immersion journalism and their unexpected comedic impact on his domestic life.” Search is underway for a writer to adapt the book.
ICM-repped Jacobs previously spent a year reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica and another year following every rule prescribed by the Bible, chronicling his experiences in the best-selling books The Know-It-All and The Year Of Living Biblically.