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'The Game' author Neil Strauss options book 'Emergency!' to Robert Downey and Sony Pictures

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Neil Strauss, the journalist-turned-author of the popular dating book The Game, has sold the feature film rights of his book Emergency!: This Book Will Save Your Life to Columbia Pictures and Robert Downey’s Team Downey. The project is being considered as a possible starring vehicle for Downey. Allan Loeb (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) is writing the screenplay.

The book traces Strauss’s three-year journey, where he traveled around the country equipping himself with the tools necessary to save himself and his loved ones from an uncertain future. According to the book description, “He moves his life offshore, and in the process, learns to survive in the wild, and remake himself as a gun-toting, lock-picking, plane-flying, government-defying survivor.” Sounds like the perfect starring vehicle for Downey, who’s currently in production on Sherlock Holmes 2. He’s producing the project with his wife Susan and Michael De Luca (The Social Network).