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Jarrett Creative options “Why We Snap” book for true crime series

New York-based prodco Jarrett Creative has optioned the true crime book Why We Snap from author and neurobiologist Douglas Fields. Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in Your Brain – released ...
July 20, 2020

New York-based prodco Jarrett Creative has optioned the true crime book Why We Snap from author and neurobiologist Douglas Fields.

Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in Your Brain – released by Dutton Publishing — investigates the “root causes” of violence. The book builds on Fields’ research that “all human anger and violence is sparked by one of nine rage triggers.”

Jarrett Creative is developing a TV series based on the book that explores the question: “What causes a seemingly normal person to snap into a violent, murderous rage?”

Presented in nine parts, each episode of Why We Snap is built around one of Fields’ nine triggers, from the “desire to obtain a mate” to the “need to correct perceived injustice.”

By examining homicide cases, conducting social/lab experiments and analyzing brain scans of “prolific criminals,” each episode traces real-life instances of brutality back to one of the triggers.

Each episode also includes celebrated stories of “extreme heroism,” such as individuals who have lifted a car off of someone who is trapped or rescued a drowning stranger, in order to demonstrate that the same “biological wiring that can turn someone into a killer can also turn them into a hero.”

The project is executive produced by Seth Jarrett and Julie Insogna-Jarrett.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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