Eric Eisner is looking to go wild with cyber crime, developing a feature based on Rolling Stone article “Hackers Gone Wild: The Fast Times and Hard Fall of the Green Hat Gang” through his Double E Pictures banner.
Alessandro Camon (“The Messenger”) will adapt the article, penned by Sabrina Rubin Erdely and published by Rolling Stone in its June 10 issue.
“Hackers” is the story of 27-year-old Albert Gonzalez and a band of young accomplices who stole and resold 170 million credit cards in a scheme that has been called the largest identity theft caper in U.S. history. The self-taught programmer, while hacking into the computer systems of Fortune 500 companies, simultaneously served as an informant for the Secret Service cybercrimes task force.
“This story about a young computer prodigy who launched one of the world’s biggest criminal enterprises is a natural for the bigscreen,” Eisner said.
“Cyber crime is a defining phenomenon of our time and these are the guys who pioneered it,” Camon said.
Camon co-wrote “The Messenger” with director Oren Moverman and the screenplay received an Oscar nod. He has been working on a project for Bruckheimer Films, with director Rupert Sanders attached, and recently rewrote action-thriller “Gregory Burns” for Morgan Creek. His producing credits include “The Cooler,” “Thank You for Smoking” and “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.”
Eisner’s first film, “Hamlet 2,” was acquired by Focus at Sundance for a near-record $10 million. He’s currently developing “The Bait,” “The King of Sting,” “Havana Nocturne,” “Alone in Damascus” and a Jerry Garcia biopic chronicling his life before joining the band that would become the Grateful Dead.
Eisner also launched the Epic Cycle graphic novel imprint in partnership with Liquid Comics, and created and exec produced four seasons of “Madden Nation” for ESPN.