Apple Lands Drama Series Featuring Justin Timberlake as Gong Show Host Chuck Barris

Apple Lands Drama Series Featuring Justin Timberlake as Gong Show Host Chuck Barris

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Apple has landed an hour-long drama series that will star Justin Timberlake as Gong Show host Chuck Barris, reports Deadline.

The company won an auction to acquire the script that is based on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, a 1984 memoir in which Barris claimed that being the host and creator of game shows like The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game was a cover for his job as a CIA assassin. Barris alleged that he took out enemies of the state in the 1960s and 1970s.

According to FilmSpeak, Barris eventually admitted he made up the claim...

“No, I was never a CIA hit man. I never did those things. I once applied for the CIA, and while I was going through the process I got a job and went on television. But I had always wondered what would have happened if I had done both.”

In 2002, a feature film was released based on the autobiography. It was directed by George Clooney and starred Sam Rockwell. In the movie Barris kills 33 people.

Apple's show will be co-produced between Miramax and Paramount. Ray Donovan EP David Hollander will be Executive Producer and showrunner, alongside Jon Worley, who wrote the pilot script.

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