Competing GameStop-Wall Street screen adaptations are officially in the works from Netflix, MGM and Pinky Promise
Though the battle isn’t over yet, these production companies are ready to put the story on the big screen
As the epic battle between redditors and Wall Street bigwigs rages on, Hollywood has found a story deemed worthy of big screen adaptations.
According to Deadline, not one but three video adaptations of the GameStop-r/WallStreetBets saga are officially in development at MGM, Netflix and industry newcomer Pinky Promise. Here’s what we know about each project.
News of the upcoming MGM feature was the first to break and, according to The Verge, the film will be based on a book that is yet to be written. According to The Verge, MGM recently purchased the rights to “The Antisocial Network,” a book that will be penned by Ben Mezrich, the author behind the book on which David Fincher’s 2010 Oscar-winning Facebook film, “The Social Network,” was adapted. Deadline reports that Michael DeLuca, who was a producer for “The Social Network,” is also attached to the project.
CNET reports that Netflix is in talks with Mark Boal, the screenwriter behind 2008’s Best Picture-winning gritty Iraq War drama, “The Hurt Locker,” to write its version of the r/WallStreetBets story. According to Deadline, Noah Centineo, who starred in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” is slated to play a major role in the film.
On Jan. 27, Centineo posted a tweet stating “The revolution will not be televised... it’ll be posted on @reddit” with a link to the r/WallStreetBets subreddit page.
IGN reports that Pinky Promise, a new production company founded by Matthew Cooper and Jessamine Burgum, is fast-tracking the development of a series titled “To the Moon” that will tell the story of the ongoing Wall Street saga. According to Deadline, Cooper and Burgum have already met with several top members of the r/WallStreetBets Reddit group, hedge fund managers and other Wall Street insiders.
“We’re working with long-time, active members of the r/WallStreetBets reddit to make sure we tell this story correctly,” the duo told Deadline. “This is a movement that could very well dictate the future of Wall Street and individuals’ beliefs that they can stand up to Goliath — getting this right is our top priority.”
According to the site, Noam Tomaschoff will be writing the series. Tomaschoff is fresh off his feature debut with “Tankhouse,” a not-yet-rated comedy starring Christopher Lloyd and Richard Kind amongst others.