His story as a New York stockbroker was turned into an Oscar-nominated movie by Martin Scorcese in 2013. Now, Jordan Belfort, whose life was depicted in the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” is venturing into the TV business, this time as a writer of a TV drama about Wall Street in the 1980s. Read further to learn more about this news story.
First reported by Time Magazine, the former finance man is going to do a television series with well-known director Brett Ratner and James Packer, one of Australia’s billionaire businessmen. The show’s concept will adapt a similar style as “Mad Men,” but will feature more sex, drugs and vices, as it was in Belfort’s former world.
“Wall Street didn’t resemble the way it is today. You can trace back everything about the way Wall Street is today to when the first bull market started in 1982 when Reagan cut interest rates. The idea was to come up with a show about that period with really interesting characters, and so my manager pitched the idea to Brett Ratner, who fell in love with it,” said Belfort in an exclusive interview with The Australian.
Packer will produce the series under RatPac, his entertainment company. He said in the same report that he’s looking forward to teaming up with Belfort for this project.
“The Wolf of Wall Street” is about Belfort’s rise and fall as a stockbroker who got involved in fraudulent activities that resulted in his FBI arrest in 1990. Today, however, Belfort has said he’s over his excessive lifestyle and is more focused as a motivational speaker and book author.
Leonardo DiCaprio portrayed Belfort in the movie, which earned U$392 million at the box office. The film also earned numerous awards and nominations including Best Picture, Best Director (for Martin Scorcese), Best Adapted Screenplay (for Terence Winter), Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor (for Jonah Hill). Check out a video from the movie in the clip below.
It is still unclear whether the still-untitled TV project will be set for broadcast or cable network, or if it will be shown in the United States exclusively. Keep your eyes peeled to Movie News Guide (MNG) as we bring you more updates about this project.
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