Series revolves around politics and power in the world of Wall Street and New York investment firms. “Billions” was created by screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien and author-New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, who all exec produce. Koppelman and Levien will serve as showrunners.
Production is set to begin later this year in New York for a 2016 debut.
Giamatti plays a hard-driving U.S. attorney who clashes with a hedge fund titan played by Lewis. Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile and Condola Rashad also star. The pilot was helmed by Neil Burger, who is also an exec producer.
“The dynamic star pairing of Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis is matched by an equally exciting team in the writing of this show,” said Showtime Networks president David Nevins.
“Andrew Ross Sorkin, one of the preeminent financial journalists of our time, has joined forces with Brian Koppelman and David Levien, two of Hollywood’s most accomplished screenwriters, to tackle an incredibly timely and buzzy subject. With this caliber of writing and acting, I think the show’s authenticity and insider look will have great appeal to a discerning audience.”
“Billions” brings Lewis back to Showtime, two years after he made a dramatic exit from “Homeland.” The series order adds to a busy slate of programming that the pay cabler is lining up for 2016, including the revival of “Twin Peaks.”
Another hourlong pilot, the Cameron Crowe-J.J. Abrams collaboration “Roadies,” remains in contention for a series pickup at Showtime.