Buckley's 'Broker' finds screen gods

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NEW YORK -- Christopher Buckley's Wall Street satire "God Is My Broker" is being brought to the big screen by Edward R. Pressman Film Corp., Polsky Films and Stephen Belafonte's WhiteShark Films, with screenwriter Peter Himmelstein set to adapt the novel.

Buckley ("Thank You for Smoking") sold Pressman the rights to his 1998 book, which centers on an alcoholic stock broker who gives everything up and joins a monastery. But when the monks' vow of poverty begins to take a financial toll, the former broker uses his old skills to save them, turning his new home into a frightning parallel of the world he desperately tried to escape.

Pressman, Alan and Gabe Polsky and Belafonte will produce the project. Pressman Films' Alessandro Camon and Sarah Ramey will serve as executive producers.

Himmelstein is finishing production on his feature writing and directing debut, the black comedy/thriller "The Key Man," starring Jack Davenport, Brian Cox and Hugo Weaving.

"Broker" is the first project of the new production outfit Polsky Films. Belafonte, who recently merged his Remaguerilla Films with WhiteShark Films, worked on Jason Reitman's Buckley adaptation "Smoking" as an associate producer with executive producer Pressman.

The book rights deal was negotiated by Pressman Films' Jon Katz with ICM, Buckley's agency.
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