'Impractical Jokers' Star's Book May Be Headed To TV

July 12, 2018 - 4:09 pm

One of the stars of the TruTV comedy series “Impractical Jokers” is taking the literary world by storm – and he may very well soon be involved with another TV series, albeit very different from his current show.

James “Murr” Murray – who stars in “Impractical Jokers” along with Joseph "Joe" Gatto, Brian "Q" Quinn, and Salvatore "Sal" Vulcano – has a new thriller book out, “Awakened,” which he wrote with veteran sci-fi and horror writer Darren Wearmouth.

Now, the book appears to be heading to the small screen.

“I wrote I as a TV series,” Murray told “The Trend With Rebecca Granet” Thursday. “It reads like a TV series or movie. When I wrote it, I always intended to pitch it as a TV series or movie. With that in mind, the first thing I did when I sold it to Harper Collins was to immediately go out and pitch it as a TV show, as well to production companies.”

He added, “So we sold it to IDW comics, and we pitch it in a few weeks as a TV series. We wanted to wait until the book came out and became a bestseller.”

Murray said that it helped that he’s worked in TV development for the past 12 years.

So would Murray like to see star in the small screen adaptation of his book? 

“For the lead, it’s going to be either me or Hugh Jackman,” he said, laughing.

The book has been a long time coming, though – more than a decade, in fact. And long before “Impractical Jokers.”

“I wrote the book 14 years ago,” he said. “It’s a horror. It’s scary as hell. People say why is Murr writing a horror. He’s a comedian. One could argue that “Impractical Jokers” is a horror -- because you see what they do to me!”

Explaining the genesis of the book, he said, “I was living in Brooklyn, and was commuting back and forth to work and some nights you would be on the subway, late at night, like two in the morning,  returning home. And back 15 years ago, a lot of times the subway car would lose connection with the third rail and you would be plunged into darkness in a car by yourself.

He continued, “And you would be like this is terrifying. I spent a year of my life writing, long before ‘Jokers’ or representation or anything like that. I sent it out to every publisher in town and it got returned to me unopened 100 percent of the time.”

But fast forward more than a decade, and a publisher did take the bait.

“So it sat on my computer for 14 years,” he said. “I sent it to Harper Collins and they bought the trilogy. I always believed in it … It reads like the best 12 episodes of a season of ’24.’”