×

Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton Starring in ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton are in final negotiations to star in a movie version of “Billionaires Boys Club,” Variety has learned exclusively.

James Cox (“Wonderland”) is directing from a script he co-wrote with Captain Mauzner.

The project,  produced by Holly Wiersma and Cassian Elwes, is being financed by Armory Films with its principals Tim Zajaros and Chris Lemole executive producing. Crystal Lourd, Jere Hausfater and Logan Levy will also executive produce.

Good Universe is launching international sales at the American Film Market.

Elgort will play financial genius Joe Hunt and Egerton will portray tennis pro Dean Karny. The film will follow the true story of the rise and fall of two outsiders, whose investment pool propelled  them into the upper echelons of Los Angeles in the early 1980s.

With Hunt’s math skills and Karny’s connections to the powerful and privileged trust fund offspring, the duo convinced a clique of ex-classmates from the Harvard School for Boys to invest in the Billionaire Boys Club — leading to the duo becoming stars of the Los Angeles social scene. Their lavish lifestyle and impressive returns obscured a snowballing fraud with the Ponzi scheme beginning to collapse when an investment by Beverly Hills high-roller Ron Levin turned out to be worthless.

Hunt turned to murder to raise funds and was convicted in 1987 of the murder of Levin. Karny served as the state’s witness in the trial.

“We’ve loved this project from the moment we first read it,” Lemole said. “Now that it has this dynamic cast it’s going to be something truly special. We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it”
NBC aired a “Billionaire Boys Club” miniseries in 1987 with Judd Nelson as Hunt, Ron Silver as Levin and Brian McNamara as Carney.

Elgort starred in the “Divergent” movies and “The Fault in Our Stars.” He’ll be seen next in “November Criminals” and is attached to “Baby Driver.”

Egerton starred in “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”

Cox directed 2003’s “Wonderland,” which centered on the four unsolved murders that took place in 1981 in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles.

CAA reps both actors. Egerton is represented by attorney Jason Sloane. Elgort is managed by Emily Gerson Saines. His attorneys are Kevin Yorn and David Krintzman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Film

  • RUDOLF NUREYEV 1961

    Film Review: 'Nureyev'

    It would be absurd to say that Rudolf Nureyev lived, or danced, in anyone’s shadow. He was a man who leapt and twirled and flew onstage, all muscle but light as a feather, with a freedom and force that reconfigured the human spirit. There’s no denying, though, that over the last few decades, and especially [...]

  • Die Kinder Der Toten review

    Film Review: 'Die Kinder Der Toten'

    The hills are alive (or rather, undead), with the sound of music (also mastication and the moaning of zombies) in Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska’s experimental, dialogue-free, home-movie-style riff on Elfriede Jelinek’s “Die Kinder Der Toten” (The Children of the Dead). A seminal text in Jelinek’s native Austria, the 1995 book has never been translated [...]

  • Idol review

    Film Review: 'Idol'

    How many twists can a plot undergo before it snaps? This, more than any of the many political, moral and personal conundrums that snake through “Idol,” seems to be the question writer-director Lee Su-jin is most interested in posing with his extravagantly incomprehensible sophomore feature. A seedy political thriller by way of grisly revenge movie [...]

  • The Last to See Them review

    Film Review: 'The Last to See Them'

    Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” stretches long as a late-evening shadow over Italian director Sara Summa’s feature debut “The Last to See Them.” The Italian title, “Gli Ultimi Viderli Vivere” which translates literally to “The Last to See Them Alive,” is also the heading of the opening chapter of Capote’s book. The setting is, similarly, [...]

  • Kalank

    Film Review: ‘Kalank’

    Events leading to the 1947 Partition of India serve as the forebodingly serious backdrop for the exhaustingly overextended razzmatazz of “Kalank,” writer-director Abhishek Varman’s lavish but ponderous Bollywood extravaganza, which opened in the U.S. on more than 300 screens the same day as its Indian release. Despite the preponderance of sets and costumes spectacular enough [...]

  • WGA Agency Packaging Fight Placeholder Writer

    WGA: 92 Percent of Writers Who Signed Statement of Support Have Fired Agents

    The Writers Guild of America estimated that over 92 percent of their members who support a new code of conduct for talent agencies have fired those representatives. Letters announcing formal termination will be delivered on Monday, the guild said in a late-hitting memo on Thursday, as most agencies will be closed tomorrow in observance of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content