Sony Nearing Movie Deal on Michael Lewis’ ‘Flash Boys’

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Sony Pictures is nearing a movie rights deal on Michael Lewis’ real-life financial drama “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush producing.

“Flash Boys,” published March 31 by W.W. Norton, focuses on high-frequency trading in the financial markets and possible market manipulation.

Lewis alleges in the book that the stock market is “rigged” by high frequency traders being able to “front run” orders ahead of other traders. “Flash Guys” also focuses on the creation of IEX, the Investor’s Exchange, aimed at eliminating the advantage of high-frequency trading.

Bloomberg News reported on April 1, the day after publication of “Flash Guys,” that the Federal Bureau of Investgation was investigating whether high-frequency trading firms break U.S. laws by acting on nonpublic information to gain an edge over competitors.

It’s the second Sony deal for a Lewis’ book following “Moneyball,” which the studio acquired in 2004. Brad Pitt starred in and produced “Moneyball,” released in 2011 with Sony-based Rudin exec producing.

Lewis also sold rights to “The Blind Side” to Alcon Entertainment and “The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine” to Paramount with Pitt producing and “Anchorman” director Adam McKay helming.

The news about “Flash Boys” was first reported by Deadline.com.

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  1. Michael Lewis says:

    By all means, let’s take the most boring topic in the financial industry and make a movie out of it. Oh right, “based on a true story.” In this case would mean 88 minutes of made up crap and 2 minutes of reality.

    • Sue Deaunym says:

      I found the story quite compelling. It has some electrophysics, some data manipulation, some computer geekery, some stockmarket frenzy, some financial treachery, law enforcement idiocy, some multi-ethnicity, some soul-searching, some ideological quandaries, some detective who-done-it. I bought it, expecting to skip around to certain points of interest, and ended up reading the whole thing, then giving it to my friend.

  2. Chuck165 says:

    Sounds like ‘Wolf Of Wall Street II’ …or ‘Wall Street Part 3-The Flashtradening’-do Americans never learn?

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