Pic drawn from former game show host's autobiography

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P.J. Hogan, hot off the blockbuster success of his last helming gig, “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” is likely to direct a Warner Bros.’ biopic about gameshow mogul Chuck Barris, according to sources.

The deal is not yet final, and Hogan is set to enter formal negotiations on the project, sources said. In addition to directing Julia Roberts and Rupert Everett in “Best Friend’s Wedding,” Hogan wrote and directed the 1994 romantic comedy “Muriel’s Wedding.”

Pic is drawn from Barris’ autobiography, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Chuck Barris.”

Barris, who now resides in France, is best known for the gameshows he created and produced, including “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and “The Gong Show” (which he also hosted). But he shocked readers of his autobiography when he described a stranger-than-fiction secret life as a CIA operative. In the book, Barris said he worked for the agency for several years as an assassin who eliminated Soviet KGB agents while traveling undercover as a chaperone for “Dating Game” winners.

The book was adapted for the screen by scribe Charlie Kaufman, who is author of the unproduced screenplays “Being John Malkovich,” for Propaganda, and “Scanner Darkly,” for Jersey Films and Universal.

The film will be produced by Andrew Lazar of Mad Chance, and Rand Ravich, who brought the project to WB exec Michael Andreen and co-president Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who optioned the book earlier this year. The Barris autobiography had been set up as a film project for Dawn Steele at Columbia during the 1980s, but the project never matured.

Hogan is repped by CAA.

Barris, who has written two other books, was repped by his literary agent, Daniel Ostroff.

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