I'm sure at some point while flipping through the cable stations you came across VH1's The Pickup Artist, which ran for two seasons (so far) and starred the self-proclaimed greatest pick-up artist ever, Mystery. His real name is Erik von Markovik, but in the world of pick-up artists, he goes by Mystery -- an author of several popular books, host of his own VH1 show and the guy who supposedly knows the tricks to picking up any woman at any time in any place.

Prior to the VH1 show, Mystery was also featured in a book called The Game: Penetrating The Secret Society of Pickup Artists, written by a journalist named Neil Strauss who penetrated the ultra-secretive world of pick-up artists, was mentored by an extremely dysfunctional Mystery (we're talking depression, crying fits, the whole nine yards), and went on to become what the pick-up artist community refers to as a PUG (pick-up guru). I've read the book -- not because I was looking to make moves on anyone, mind you, but because it's a pretty fascinating story packed full of all that good stuff like sex, drugs, lies, violence and betrayal.

Obviously Hollywood was all over this one early on, and Chris Weitz (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) was originally tapped to direct. Now, though, Variety says Ari Sandel (who won an Oscar for his short West Bank Story) is circling the project while Adam Sztykiel (Due Date) is rewriting the script. And if the film is anything like the book (or the TV show), prepare for women everywhere to cry foul.
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