Aaron Sorkin in Talks to Adapt 'Moneyball' Author's 'Flash Boys'
After scripting the phenomenal sports centric drama Moneyball, based on Michael Lewis' book of the same name, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is in talks to bring another one of the author's books to the big screen. THR has word that Sony is currently negotiating with Sorkin for him to write an adaptation of Flash Boys, a non-fiction book about the high frequency trading on Wall Street. Sorkin has proven to be quite the champion at Sony, especially after The Social Network become a huge success. The Oscar winner just has an incredible ability to create captivating stories, even when the material is dense and extremely intellectual.
Here's a more specific description of the book:
Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that, post–financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks. Working at different firms, they come to this realization separately; but after they discover one another, the flash boys band together and set out to reform the financial markets. This they do by creating an exchange in which high-frequency trading—source of the most intractable problems—will have no advantage whatsoever.
The titular boys consist of Sergey Aleynikov, a one-time programmer for Goldman Sachs, and Brad Katsuyama, the founder of IEX, the Investor's Exchange. Considering all the heat the big wigs of Wall Street trading companies have been getting lately, this sounds like a perfectly relevant and timely story to hit the big screen. Sorkin has always been rather liberal when it comes to his political views and writing, so this probably won't be very shy when it comes to putting the corruption of Wall Street on display. The film will also reteam Sorkin with The Social Network and Moneyball executive producer Scott Rudin, who also collaborated with the writer on his HBO series "The Newsroom." Sound good?