Moneyball Author Michael Lewis Writing Script For Next Adaptation Liar's Poker
The success of Bennett Millerís Moneyball helped put Michael Lewis' name on more radars over the weekend (itís his book on which Millerís baseball movie is based), so itís no real surprise that the author and screenwriter is striking while the iron is hot and attaching himself to a major studio that would like to adapt another one of his books.
Warner Bros. has expressed interest in Lewis' 1989 book Liarís Poker, about the time he spent working as a bond trader for Wall Street powerhouse Saloman Brothers. The writer tells the Hollywood Reporter that heíll spend the next two months shaping the book into a shootable screenplay, and that the studio tapped Crazy Stupid Love co-directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra for helming duties.
Even without Moneyball, Lewis should have enough juice to get a studio interested in adapting his nonfiction works. He wrote the book on which John Lee Hancockís The Blind Side was based. Yet now, with back-to-back Hollywood hits, Lewis really has the ability to push his projects into development, and heís putting that newly acquired power to the test. THR notes that Paramountís developing The Big Short, a feature based on Lewisí book about the 2008 financial crisis. The authorís also penning multiple scripts, including a drama pilot for HBO and independent projects for Universal and Fox.
Lewisí situation reminds me a bit of bestselling author Ben Mezrich, whose cinematic books were snapped up by studios and turned into 21 and The Social Network. The key, in scenarios like this, likes in finding winning collaborators such as Aaron Sorkin, Allan Loeb or Steven Zaillian. Letís hope Lewis either lures a savvy collaborator along those lines or, at least, learned enough from working with the likes of Sorkin and Zaillian to make Poker and his other upcoming projects compelling stories.
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