AMC Orders Fanboy Reality Pilot Starring Ernest Cline

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.” (more…)

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