New Line in Spin cycle

Studio buys 'Killing' rights

New Line has bought film rights to the upcoming book “Killing Yourself to Live: 85% a True Story,” by Spin magazine senior editor Chuck Klosterman, and set it up with Karz Entertainment.

Book, to be published by Simon & Schuster in July, centers on the author’s struggle through an early midlife crisis while on assignment for Spin to visit sites where famous musicians met untimely deaths. Tour serves as a backdrop to Klosterman’s reflection on problems that plague his daily existence, particularly the conflict with three women in his life.

Klosterman also wrote “Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota” and “Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto.”

New Line-based Mike Karz will produce, with Russell Hollander, the shingle’s senior VP of production, exec producing. New Line execs Swanna MacNair and Meredith Finn will oversee for the mini-major.

Hollander brought the project into the shingle prior to the auction, conducted by Gersh.

Karz’s producing credits include “First Daughter” for Fox/Regency and “Malibu’s Most Wanted” for Warner Bros. He’s producing “Honeymoon With Harry” for New Line, with “Million Dollar Baby” scribe Paul Haggis attached to write and direct.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety