Scarlett Johansson has been signed by Universal to star in the film adaptation of Jon Ronson’s 2011 book “The Psychopath Test, ” to be directed by Jay Roach, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Kristin Gore, Al Gore’s daughte, will write the script.
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The story is based on the idea that one out of every hundred people is a psychopath. Ronson explores the idea that many corporate and governmental leaders are psychopaths whose actions can only be explained by taking that fact into account, and he privately uses the test to determine if the idea is true.
The Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy (SSSP) published a statement regarding the book stating that certain interviews in it were exaggerated or fictionalized and that they “think that Ronson’s book trivializes a serious personality disorder and its measurement, which is not helpful to those who have the disorder or to their unfortunate victims.”
Brian Grazer is the producer, with Roach, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey. Erica Huggins and Jennifer Perini are executive producing.