Scarlett Johansson to Star in Adaptation of Thriller The Psychopath Test
The Psychopath Test by British writer Jon Ronson delves into the definition of psychopathic behaviour and the real-life people affected by it, is to be adapted into a thriller starring Scarlett Johansson. The adaptation is to be taken on by Kristin Gore (Accidental Love) and directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers and Meet The Parents).
What if society wasn’t fundamentally rational, but was motivated by insanity? This thought sets Jon Ronson on an utterly compelling adventure into the world of madness. The book is a journalistic foray into the world of psychopathy, looking in particular at the work of Robert D Hare and his checklist to determine the condition – and whether it can indeed be quantified and clearly defined.
Along the way, Jon meets psychopaths, those whose lives have been touched by madness and those whose job it is to diagnose it, including the influential psychologist who developed the Psychopath Test, from whom Jon learns the art of psychopath-spotting. A skill which seemingly reveals that madness could indeed be at the heart of everything . . .
It is another collaborative project for Roach and Gore, who are already working on Women in Space, a sci-fi comedy about a group of women working to establish an outer space colony – it’s being developed as a half-hour TV show for network HBO.