Deadline reports that Apple TV+ has won the auction of a new drama series and has signed Justin Timberlake to play Chuck Barris, the Gong Show host. The newly acquired untitled series will be based on the 1984 memoir ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’.
Justin Timberlake to star in the newly acquired drama series on Apple TV+
Justin Timberlake starred in the recently premiered movie, Palmer. Director by Fisher Stevens, the movie is an emotional drama story of a former high school football player, returning to an unaccepting community after serving 12 years in prison. While trying to adjust back to society, Palmer finds himself taking care of and getting close to a young boy, Sam, after his wayward mother abandons him. The movie was a massive success for Apple TV+ and the video streaming service recorded its must-watch weekend ever at its premiere. Therefore, the service is eager to work with the singer/actor again.
The report states:
The untitled series will be based on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, a 1984 memoir in which Barris made suspect claims that being the zany Gong Show host and creator of game shows like The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game was cover for his real job: CIA assassin who took out enemies of the state in the 1960s and 1970s. The book was turned into a film that George Clooney directed with Sam Rockwell playing Barris.
The show is a co-production between Miramax (which released the 2002 film) and Paramount Television Studios. Ray Donovan EP David Hollander will be Executive Producer and showrunner, alongside Jon Worley, who wrote the pilot script. Worley’s credits include Justified, SEAL Team, and Iron Fist. Hollander has an overall deal with Miramax and Paramount Television Studios. They’ll run the show together.