Barris, best known as the host of The Gong Show and creator of The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, published Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind in 1984.
Rather than a standard showbiz autobiography, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind had a whopper of a claim: in addition to creating and hosting TV shows, Barris was also an assassin for the CIA.
Barris didn’t let the rouse last too long though. Later the same year the book was published, he also appeared on The Today Show and admitted –
“No, I was never a CIA hitman. I never did those things. I once applied for the CIA, and while I was going through the process I got a job and went on television. But I had always wondered what would have happened if I had done both.”
This story was turned into a movie in 2002, directed by George Clooney and featuring a script by Charlie Kaufman (although Kaufman has gone on record saying he doesn’t like the film because Clooney changed much of his screenplay). Sam Rockwell starred as Barris.
Timberlake will be teaming up on the Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind project with Ray Donovan executive producer David Hollander, who’ll be taking time off his busy Ray Donovan schedule to serve as the showrunner on the new series.
Justified writer Jon Worley will be writing the pilot script for Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind. Miramax and Paramount Television Studios will co-produce the show.
Apple TV has yet to announce a premiere date for Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind.