The project marks the second Lewis book that the Oscar-winning writer of The Social Network has tackled for Sony (he’s also a co-writer of the screenplay for Moneyball).
In April, Sony acquired the nonfiction book that deals with the practice of high-frequency trading on Wall Street and how it became a way to rig the system. Lewis’ book revolves around a group of men on Wall Street including Sergey Aleynikov, a one-time programmer for Goldman Sachs, and Brad Katsuyama, the founder of IEX, the Investor’s Exchange.
Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing the film. Rudin, who has his first-look deal at Sony, executive produced Moneyball.
Rudin and Sorkin are frequent collaborators, having worked together on Social Network and the HBO series The Newsroom. They also have an untitled Steve Jobs project in the works at the studio that Danny Boyle is directing.
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Lewis’ book was published March 31 and became an immediate best-seller.
Sorkin is repped by WME.