James Franco has joined The Game, an adaptation of Neil Strauss' best-selling guide to picking up women.

The book is part how-to, part memoir, and recounts Neil's efforts to become a pick-up artist, as well his stay at a Sunset Strip mansion that found him competing with a group of likeminded individuals all trying to find love.

James Franco is set to play Mystery, a man that serves as Neil's teacher in the art of seduction throughout the book. The real Mystery later served as the host of VH-1's reality game show The Pickup Artist.

Brian Koppelman and David Levien will share writing and directorial duties on The Game. The movie is being produced through MGM and Spyglass Entertainment.

A set start date has not been announced.

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