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Columbia Pictures acquire Neil Stauss' Emergency, will Robert Downey Jr. star?

10.20.2010

Any amount of Robert Downey Jr. is good. If the guy wants to be in everything, it wouldn't bother me. If he said that he was planning on starring in a Care Bears movie as Grumpy Bear, I'd say sign me up.

That said, Columbia Pictures has optioned the rights to Neil Strauss' non-fiction book, Emergency!: This Book Will Save Your Life. You might recognize Strauss' work as a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and he has also written several other books like Moitley Crue's The Dirt. He's worked with Jenna Jameson twice as well as Marilyn Manson to help them pen their autobiographies and memoirs.

The film will be produced by produced by Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, and Michael DeLuca. It is possible that Downey will star in the film as well. Allan Loeb (WALL STREET 2, DILEMMA) is writing the screenplay.

What's the book all about? Here's the details straight from the site of Strauss' book:

"EMERGENCY traces Strauss’s white-knuckled journey through today’s heart of darkness as he traverses a panic-stricken America that’s lost its sense of safety and attempts to escape the system. Along the way, he learns to shoot a man and get away with it, hide his assets from the government, survive in the wild with nothing but a knife, track animals, trap humans, deliver a baby, fly a plane, pick locks, hotwire cars, evade bounty hunters, suture bullet wounds, and escape with a second passport to a small island republic. It's a tale of paranoid fantasies and crippling doubts, of shady expatriates and dangerous cult leaders, of billionaire gun nuts and survivalist superheroes, of weirdos, heroes, and ordinary citizens going off the grid. It's one man's story of a dangerous world—and how to stay alive in it."

Extra Tidbit: Despite what I said about Marilyn Manson's antics at the SCREAM AWARDS last night, I still love his autobiography, "Long Road Out of Hell" that Strauss helped him pen.

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