Hot on the heels of the critical and box office success of Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street, producers Scott Rudin and Eli Bush seem to be ramping up momentum for their own Wall Street drama project, Flash Boys. It seems their go-to adaptation screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is currently in negotiations to adapt Michael Lewis’ novel, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt.
Based on Lewis’ nonfiction financial drama, Flash Boys centers on the story of a group of high-frequency traders in Wall Street who find a way to rig the system and manipulate the market by running fast trades ahead of other traders.
No word yet on who will star in or direct the picture. Here’s a suggestion: How about Bennet Miller? Miller, Sorkin, and Rudin all worked together to great effect on Moneyball, which Sorkin adapted from another Lewis novel, Moneyball: The Art Of Winning An Unfair Game. Moneyball scored 6 Oscar nominations, including one for Aaron Sorkin’s adapted screenplay (also shared with Steve Zaillian). Interestingly enough, both films seem to have a similar stories, namely that of a few people attempting to buck the current system.
Miller or no Miller, the team of Rudin, Bush and Sorkin is formidable, and we’re eager to see how this production shapes up. Sorkin has had a history of success with adaptations. It’s worth noting Sorkin won an Oscar for adapting 2010’s The Social Network, directed by David Fincher. He also adapted Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), starring Tom Hanks and based on the book of the same name by George Crile. He is also writing two other pieces for Scott Rudin, The Trial Of The Chicago 7 and an untitled Steve Jobs biopic, an adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s biography on the late Apple icon to be directed by Danny Boyle. Apart from films, Sorkin continues to write for and shepherd his hit TV series The Newsroom.