The three actors are in various stages of talks to star in The Big Short, the adaptation of Lewis’ chronicle (full title: The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine) of the housing and credit bubbles of the 2000s that led to the 2007-08 global financial crisis.
Pitt and his Plan B shingle are producing Big Short, which has a script by Adam McKay. McKay is expected to direct the drama, although there is no timetable yet. Paramount had no comment.
Pitt, who also brought Lewis’ Moneyball to the big screen, starring as Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane, is producing and has enlisted Bale and Gosling to star.
The project is not expected to be Bale’s next, though it is still unclear what the Oscar winner is currently eyeing. He was poised to play the late Steve Jobs for an untitled project that was originally set up at Sony (it was eventually put in turnaround and picked up by Universal). He also is attached to star in Fox’s The Deep Blue Goodbye. Bale is repped by WME.
Gosling is currently shooting The Nice Guys, which Shane Black is directing for Warner Bros. He is handled by Anonymous Content and LBI Entertainment.
Pitt is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.