The Gamestop Wall Street meltdown is getting a movie

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Well that didn’t take long. One week, Wall Street hedge funds are crying foul over a group of amateur investors on Reddit inflating game retailer Gamestop’s share price in short squeeze.

The next, those same players are all getting their own movie. Hollywood moves very fast these days.

According to a report on Deadline, MGM has just acquired the rights to Brian Mezrich’s proposed book on Wall Street’s recent shenanigans, catchily titled The Antisocial Network.

Mezrich hasn’t actually released the book yet – or even written it – but given how much the last month has shaken the financial world, it’s likely MGM decided to strike while the iron is hot.

Mezrich’s back catalogue may also have something to do with why MGM moved so fast to secure The Antisocial Network‘s book rights.

The Boston-born scribe is the author of both The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal (2009) and Bringing Down The House: The Inside Story Of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas For Millions. The former was used as the basis for Aaron Sorkin’s Oscar-winning screenplay for The Social Network, while the latter was the basis for the gambling thriller 21.

When it comes to adapting tech-heavy drama to highly readable potboilers, Mezrich has form.

 

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