AMC has given a pilot order to Geek Out (working title), an unscripted project featuring superfans of films, comic books, authors, actors, athletes, musicians, video games, and TV series. Geek Out will be hosted by author/screenwriter/fanboy aficionado Ernest Cline. Search is underway for a co-host. Cline will also serve as executive producer with Thinkfactory Media’s Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys), Adam Freeman, Adam Reed, and Farah Films’ Dan Farah, producer on the upcoming remake of fanboy cult classic The Crow. In Geek Out, Cline and his co-host will travel the country and give obsessed fans the surprise of a lifetime with a special experience related to their obsession. “Conceptually, Geek Out is right in AMC’s wheelhouse of appealing to the fanboy community and ultimately creating an indelible moment in one lucky person’s life,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP Original Programming. This is an area AMC is mining with one of its first unscripted series, Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men. Added Cline, “Geek Out celebrates a different facet of fanboy and fan-girl culture, as we ‘geek out’ at the kind of epic level that usually only occurs at Comic Con.”
Cline, repped by Farah, Paradigm, and Greenberg Glusker, wrote the cult classic 2009 movie Fanboys, which focused on characters obsessed with all things Star Wars, a passion Cline has carried since childhood. His debut novel, Ready Player One, published by Random House in 2012, solidified Cline’s status as a geek icon. The rights to the book were picked up by Warner Bros, which is currently developing it into a movie. Cline’s follow-up novel, Armada, recently netted him a seven-figure publishing deal with Random House, and a film pact with Universal. Thinkfactory is with UTA.