Gotham music critic sells story of seduction 101

Calling all pale, skinny actors who, when they look at their bodies, “wonder why any woman would want to sleep next to it, let alone embrace it.”

So read a recent first-person piece by Neil Strauss in the New York Times, which Columbia Pictures has bought the rights to, along with the option to the forthcoming book based on the article. Deal was in the low six figures.

Book is under contract to Judith Regan’s imprint at HarperCollins, which is also publishing Strauss’ book on porn star Janet Jameson this year.

Strauss’ Style section story, which ran on Jan. 25, told of his experience as an A.F.C. (average frustrated chump) under the tutelage of professional P.U.A.s (pickup artists) in the “seduction industry.”

Lessons learned included how to steal a famous actor’s hot, blonde girlfriend and the art of the “neg” — “neither a compliment nor an insult, a neg holds two purposes: to momentarily lower a woman’s self-esteem and to suggest an intriguing disinterest.”

Col production co-prexy Matt Tolmach will oversee the project, which has no producer attached. Strauss will serve as a consultant but will not adapt the material.

A music critic for the New York Times, Strauss is repped by Donadio & Olson.

He recently signed with William Morris for feature film and television representation.

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