Advice Book 'How To Pick Up Girls!' Getting A Big Screen Adaptation For Some Reason
When it comes to non-narrative books getting adapted into features, it often deals with relationships and families, such as Heís Just Not That Into You and What to Expect When Youíre Expecting. Iíll never understand why someone isnít turning Real Ultimate Power into a movie. In any case, rights to the handbook for seduction How to Pick Up Girls! have been acquired from The Exchange, who will soon be hiring someone to shoehorn a plot into it. At least we hope itís just a shoehorn theyíre trying to put into it. Yowzah!
Written by Eric Weber and published in 1968, How to Pick Up Girls! has sold millions of copies and has been translated into 20 different languages. Culled from interviews with 25 different women, the original book offered the answers that men on the prowl really want to know, such as what pick-up lines really work and the best places to meet women. And yes, even though the book was published back then, Weber told Variety, "Plenty has changed since then, but just as much has stayed remarkably the same. Itís going to be a lot of fun showing that on screen." Itís worth noting that the original text was expanded and revised in 2002. You know, the year men really figured women out.
Weber is a filmmaker of his own right, having written and directed 2004ís Second Best and the upcoming Outliving Emily. He originally sold the guide by placing ads in menís magazines such as Playboy and GQ, so it would be interesting to see the filmís marketing campaign play out the same way. It was already turned into a forgettable 1978 TV movie with Desi Arnaz Jr., but thereís a chance to possibly make something interesting out of this.
For instance, instead of making this a bland romantic comedy, turn it into an anthology film with different directors and writers working on vignettes portraying different ways men and women meet each other. It may not sound like the most cohesive way to tell a story, but I really donít feel like watching extremely attractive people do extremely stereotypical things for yet another hour and forty minutes of my life.
Of course, the only place one ever needs to go for comedy is Amazon comment sections. Youíll find the below quote in the regrettably few reviews available.
"I purchased this book because as a fire fighter, I was told repeatedly that when rescuing women, I pick them up wrong; which most likely is why I keep dropping them."
You canít make stuff like that up, unless youíre that guy. It was only a few years ago when The Office writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg were brought in to adapt Neil Straussí much more misogynistic love bible The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists. Who do I have to neg to get that movie made?
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