Sony picks up Lucy Prebble's Enron play

Play in a sold-out run in London; moves to B'way in April

Sony has purchased the film rights to playwright Lucy Prebble's "Enron," currently being staged in a sold-out run at London's Royal Court Theatre. A Broadway move is being planned for April.

Like the play, the film will offer an inside look at the most notorious scandal in modern corporate history. Prebble will handle the screen adaptation herself.

Laura Ziskin ("To Die For") will produce; Margo Lion, a Tony winner for producing "Hairspray" and "Angels in America," will serve as a co-producer on the project. Columbia Pictures president Matt Tolmach will oversee the project for the studio.

Filmmaker Alex Gibney made the Oscar-nominated documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" in 2005.

And Warner Bros. has been developing an Enron movie for years, adapted by Sheldon Turner from the nonfiction book "Conspiracy of Fools" by Kurt Eichenwald. Leonardo DiCaprio is a producer on that project, which director Robert Schwentke ("The Time Traveler's Wife") has been developing.

Prebble, who wrote the Showtime series "Secret Diary of a Call Girl," is also the author of the play "The Sugar Syndrome."
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