Two hedge fund TV dramas took big steps forward today, but will they lead to more Gordon Gekko-style corporate bashing?
Far-left actor John Cusack is an executive producer on an untitled Wall Street drama for CBS to star David Morse and Sophie Okonedo. The project, penned by Justified writers Taylor Elmore and Ben Cavell, will feature a main character described as an Iraq War vet “with the integrity and desire to do good.”
Morse’s character, however, is pegged as someone “always planning his next move to consolidate his power and wealth.”
Meanwhile, Showtime just announced its own hedge fund drama called Billions. The pay network dubs it as “a fictional drama that focuses on the collision and, at times, collusion between an aggressive U.S. attorney in New York and some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country.”
The show’s pilot script is by Andrew Ross Sorkin, a New York Times columnist who co-anchor’s CNBC Squawk Box progam.
Sorkin previously wrote, Too Big to Fail: How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System – and Themselves.