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AMC to ‘Geek Out’ with Ernest Cline

Wish-fulfillment show complements AMC's fanboy programs

AMC has greenlit “Geek Out,” a reality pilot with fanboy aficionado Ernest Cline.

Cline, who penned feature film “Fanboys,” will host the unscripted project and send ultimate super-fans to the zenith of their obsession, be it music, video games, TV series, comic books or the like.

Net notes that the project could feature anyone from a person whose body is covered in “X-Men” tattoos, to a suburban mom who collects “Twilight” memorabilia.

The wish-fulfillment program is currently casting a second co-host.

“Conceptually, ‘Geek Out’ is right in AMC’s wheelhouse of appealing to the fanboy community and ultimately creating an indelible moment in one lucky person’s life,” said Joel Stillerman, exec veep of original programming at AMC.

Cabler has become a hub for fanboy culture recently, with hit drama “Walking Dead” (based on a comic book series by Robert Kirkman) and Kevin Smith’s reality show “Comic Book Men.” “Geek Out” would capitalize on AMC’s budding fanboy fare, expanding outwards with feel-good programming.

Cline added: “‘Geek Out’ celebrates a different facet of fanboy and fangirl culture, as we ‘geek out’ at the kind of epic level that usually only occurs at Comic Con.”

Along with “Fanboys,” Cline has penned novels including “Ready Player One” and “Armada.”

“Geek Out” will be exec produced by Cline along with Thinkfactory Media’s Leslie Greif, Adam Freeman, Adam Reed and Dan Farah through his banner Farah Films. Cline is repped by Farah, Paradigm and Greenberg Glusker. Thinkfactory is repped by UTA.

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