Showtime green-lights pilot from NYT columnist Sorkin

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin speaks at the New York Times DealBook Conference at New York Times Building on November 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for The New York Times) Andrew Ross Sorkin speaks at the New York Times DealBook Conference. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for The New York Times)

Showtime has green-lit a pilot from New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin called “Billions.”

“Billions,” an hour-long drama, will focus on an aggressive U.S. attorney and his battles with some of the heaviest of Wall Street heavyweights: hedge fund managers. Sorkin, whose book “Too Big to Fail,” was adapted into an HBO movie, will work with Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who collaborated previously on “Oceans’s 13,” Runaway Jury,” and “Rounders.”

The “Squawk Box” host chronicled the 2008 financial crisis, including the fall of Bear Stearns, the once-behemoth investment bank that JP Morgan purchased for $2 a share. This New York magazine profile detailed Sorkin’s access to the biggest Wall Street power players. With that sort of circle, Sorkin is guaranteed to have plenty of material for “Billions.”

The book party for “Too Big to Fail” was a window into Sorkin’s world. No one tends to love a journalist after a story is written, especially one about a failure with as many fathers as the financial crisis. But Sorkin, remarkably, avoided this problem. Attendees—Sorkin’s presumed unnamed sources—included Jamie Dimon, John Mack, Ken Griffin, Steve Rattner, and Barry Diller. Warren Buffett mailed in an Ed McMahon–size “colossal-gram” that read, “Andrew … Congratulations! Your book will be bigger than this telegram.” “It showed how powerful he is,” says Jeffrey Taufield, a partner at the Wall Street PR firm Kekst and Company.

H/t Forbes


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