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Sony and Scott Rudin Circle Bestselling Wall Street Book 'Flash Boys' (VIDEO)

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood April 9, 2014 at 1:31PM

Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin are closing in on a deal to acquire smart author Michael Lewis' real-life, high-stakes financial drama "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt," which was just published last month and is already a national bestseller.
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Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis

Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin are closing in on a deal to acquire smart author Michael Lewis' real-life, high-stakes financial drama "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt," which was just published last month and is already a national bestseller. 

This true story centers on a group of Wall Street players who set out to diminish high-frequency trading within the market. This is worlds away from the debauchery of "The Wolf of Wall Street," but no less timely. 

The deal is currently in media res, with Eli Bush ("The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") onboard to co-produce alongside Rudin. Sony production exec Elizabeth Cantillon and Rudin crony Michael De Luca ("The Social Network," "Captain Phillips"), now president of production at Sony, had a hand in organizing the acquisition, which would make this Sony and De Luca's second adaptation of a Michael Lewis book after 2011's "Moneyball." 

Hollywood has had good luck betting on Lewis's thorough, character-driven reporting --he also penned the book that became Alcon's "The Blind Side" in 2009, which won Sandra Bullock the Best Actress Oscar, so it goes without saying that "Flash Boys" has Oscar in its DNA. 

Watch Lewis talk the book on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart below.

This article is related to: Michael Lewis (book), Sony Pictures, Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca, News


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.