Hollywood comedian Billy Crystal has just signed a $4 million deal to pen a book offering his own perspective on aging.
The currently untitled book, which is scheduled to be released on the same day as Crystal’s 65th birthday (March 14, 2013), will reportedly be part memoir, covering the actor’s life and career, and will undoubtedly include jokes.
“There are 77 million of us baby boomers in the country and this book will speak to them and how we look at the world,” Crystal told the Associated Press during a recent telephone interview.
Crystal, best known for hosting the Academy Awards — his nine times (1990-1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2004 and 2012) as the Oscars’ host is second only to Bob Hope — and for his roles in the films When Harry Met Sally and City Slickers, said he expects to have the manuscript for the new book done by the beginning of November. CBS writes that the publishing will be around 300-350 pages and will be edited by Gillian Blake, who worked on Rob Lowe’s best-selling “Stories I Only Tell My Friends.”
In addition to working on his forthcoming book, Billy Crystal is also preparing to make his return to the big screen on Christmas Day alongside Bette Midler in “Parental Guidance,” in which he and Midler play a married couple from Fresno who faces the prospect of babysitting three Atlanta-based grandkids for the first time.
When asked why he took such a long break from films — Crystal’s last major movie role was in 2002’s Analyze That — Crystal told USA Today:
“It wasn’t planned. I wasn’t getting offered any scripts I liked.”
Readers let us know: Will you be picking up a copy of Billy Crystal’s new book once it hits shelves?