GameStop Film in Development at HBO
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A scripted GameStop film is in development at HBO.
The project hails from executive producers Andrew Ross Sorkin of TBTF Productions, Len Amato of Crash&Salvage, and Jason Blum of Blumhouse Television.
The film is described as exploring how a populist uprising of social media day traders beat Wall Street at their own game, turning the stock market upside down and shaking the financial world to its core.
This is the latest onscreen project set up to detail the ongoing stock market saga around GameStop. A feature documentary was announced just yesterday, while earlier this week a feature film adaptation from writer Mark Boal (“The Hurt Locker,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) was announced, with Noah Centineo set to star in a major role. MGM also recently picked up the rights to author Ben Mezrich’s book proposal, “The Antisocial Network,” which also dives into the Wall Street fiasco. Grand Central Publishing plans to publish the book in the fall.
Sorkin is the co-creator of the Showtime drama “Billions,” which is set in the world of hedge funds. He is also the author of the 2008 financial crisis book “Too Big to Fail,” and co-produced a film adaptation previously for HBO Films, which was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards.
He is repped by CAA.
Amato is the former head of HBO Films. During his time there, HBO Films won 43 Emmy Awards and 12 Golden Globes, winning the Outstanding Made For Television Movie Emmy in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Amato also developed and executive produced 2008’s “Recount,” which garnered 3 Emmy Awards including Best Made for Television movie, and resulted in an Emmy for Amato as executive producer.
Blum, founder of Blumhouse, is a three-time Academy Award-nominee, a two-time Primetime Emmy Award-winner, and a two-time Peabody Award-winning producer. Blumhouse is known for producing high-quality film and television projects on micro-budgets, with Blum having produced over 150 movies and TV shows to date.
Variety's Joe Otterson contributed to this post.