1:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Showtime Orders Drama Pilot From New York Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin
Showtime has picked up its first drama pilot of the year.
The premium cable network has ordered Billions, from Squawk Box's Andrew Ross Sorkin, Brian Koppelman and David Levien, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Billions is 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. Sorkin, Koppelman and Levien will all pen the script for the drama that is being produced in-house.
Sorkin, the co-anchor of CNBC's morning show Squawk Box, penned the best-selling book Too Big to Fail: How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System -- and Themselves, which chronicled the events of the 2008 financial crisis. He was a co-producer on HBO Films' adaptation of his book in 2011 and serves as the founder and editor-at-large of DealBook, an online daily financial report published by The New York Times, which he started in 2001.
Levien and Koppelman's credits include Rounders, Runaway Jury, Ocean's Thirteen, The Girlfriend Experience and Runner Runner -- all of which they co-wrote. The duo also served as producers on The Illusionist. Levien has penned novels such as Wormwood, Where the Dead Lay and Thirteen Million Dollar Pop, while Koppelman is a regular contributor to Grantland and hosts the podcast The Moment With Brian Koppelman.
Koppelman, Levien and Sorkin are repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.
For Showtime, the pilot order comes as the network is poised to add dramas Penny Dreadful and The Affair to its roster this year. Should it go to series, it would join Homeland, Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan.
Billions marks the latest Wall Street-themed project in the works following the success of Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer The Wolf of Wall Street. CBS is prepping an untitled Wall Street drama written by Justified's Taylor Elmore, while Fox Television Studios is adapting Kevin Roose's best-seller Young Money as a potential drama series, though no network is attached.