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Aaron Sorkin to Adapt “Flash Boys”

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The best selling book from Michael Lewis, “Flash Boys,” is currently in negotiations to be adapted by Aaron Sorkin. This would be the second project that Sorkin would adapt by the writer as he previously co-wrote the screenplay for Moneyball. 

Sony acquired the nonfiction book back in April and is attempting to get Sorkin to lead the project.

“Flash Boys” follows the practice of high-frequency trading on Wall Street and how it became a way to rig the system. Lewis’ book revolves around a group of men on Wall Street including Sergey Aleynikov, a one-time programmer for Goldman Sachs, and Brad Katsuyama, the founder of IEX, the Investor’s Exchange

The film adaptation is being produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. Rudin and Sorkin are frequent collaborators, having worked together on Social Network and the HBO series The Newsroom.

Lewis’ book was published March 31 and became an immediate best-seller.

Adam McKay to Adapt and Direct “The Big Short”

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“The Big Short,” the acclaimed novel by Michael Lewis is on its way to the big screen. Paramount Pictures and Plan B have announced their plans to adapt the novel with writer/director Adam McKay has come aboard to both adapt and direct the project.

The novel, “The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine,” is a bestseller about the housing and credit bubble of the 2000’s.

“Michael Lewis has the amazing ability to take complex formulas and concepts and turn them into page turners. Plan B and I connected over that breathless quality the book has. Very excited to jump into this,” said McKay.

Adam Goodman, Paramount Film Group President, said,

“I am so excited as this project marks my third collaboration with Adam McKay – a tremendously talented filmmaker and one of my favorite storytellers.”

The film will be produced by Paramount and Brad Pitt’s Plan B. Pitt previously starred in and produced Lewis’ Moneyball, which earned an Academy Award-nomination for Best Picture.

There is currently no word on who the studio is eyeing to star in the film or a projected release date.