Netflix has acquired movie rights Michael Lewis’ real-life financial drama “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” — a project that had been in development at Sony Pictures in 2014.
Ben Jacoby is adapting the book, which was published in 2014. No producer or director is attached yet.
Lewis alleged in the book that the stock market is “rigged” by high-frequency traders being able to “front run” orders ahead of other traders. “Flash Boys” also focuses on the creation of IEX, the Investors Exchange, aimed at eliminating the advantage of high-frequency trading.
Jacoby’s script “Newsflash” made the Black List and is centered on CBS’ coverage of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Seth Rogen is attached to play Walter Cronkite with David Gordon Green directing.
Three of Lewis’ books have resulted in Hollywood movies — “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game,” which was adapted into 2009’s “The Blind Side” and earned Sandra Bullock an Oscar; “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” was released by Sony in 2011 as “Moneyball,” with Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian receiving an Oscar nomination for the screenplay; and “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine,” launched by Paramount in 2015 and winner of the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for Adam McKay and Charles Randolph.
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Marvel claims the top spot in spending with “Avengers: Endgame.” Ads placed for the superhero film had an estimated media value of $6.28 million through Sunday for 927 national ad airings on 39 networks. (Spend figures [...]
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will not change eligibility rules for Oscar, despite speculation that streaming companies might see a crackdown on their release practices should they vie for the coveted trophies. A board of governors meeting on Tuesday voted to maintain the status quo, that any feature-length film can be considered [...]
Each year brings an example or three of purported “thinking person’s science-fiction” films, a category that pretty much embraces anything not centered on monsters or lightsaber battles. These efforts are often more admirable in theory than result, but “Aniara” — the first film drawn from Nobel Prize-winning Swedish poet Harry Martinson’s 1956 cycle of 103 [...]
It’s been a long year for Marvel fans since the release of “Avengers: Infinity War,” but the wait is nearly over. The finale to the Infinity Saga is here, and while most diehard fans will know to avoid them for fear of spoilers, early reviews are mostly positive. Last year’s “Infinity War” took home an [...]
The producers of the Tom Cruise film “American Made” have settled all litigation surrounding a 2015 plane crash in Colombia that killed two pilots. The settlement resolves pending suits in both California and Georgia. A notice of settlement was filed in Santa Monica Superior Court on Monday. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The [...]
SPOILER ALERT: The following review contains mild spoilers for “Avengers: Endgame.” The culmination of 10 years and more than twice as many movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Avengers: Endgame” promises closure where its predecessor, “Avengers: Infinity War,” sowed chaos. That film — which revealed that the cookie-cutter uniformity of all those MCU movies had [...]
“Avengers: Endgame” is preparing for a staggering debut between $250 million and $268 million in North America alone. Unprecedented anticipation surrounding the Marvel juggernaut has some particularly optimistic box office watchers tossing around even higher numbers, estimating the superhero tentpole could clear nearly $300 million in ticket sales in its first three days. If any film [...]