LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - “This American Life” host Ira Glass and WBEZ/Chicago Public Radio have signed a deal with DreamWorks to develop feature films based on the stories that air on his popular show.
Each one-hour broadcast is centered on a theme with a collection of funny, emotional real-life stories drawn from everyday occurrences. It is these stories that have drawn in listeners as well as Hollywood.
Glass and “Life” co-owner WBEZ previously had a first-look deal with Warner Bros. Pictures, a pact that yielded the recent kid comedy “Unaccompanied Minors.”
Glass said he was excited about joining forces with DreamWorks. “We also hear they’ve got this Spielberg guy who’s supposed to be pretty good.”
“Life,” which has won the coveted Peabody Award and many other honors since launching in 1995, is distributed to more than 500 stations nationwide through Public Radio International.