The collapse of FTX has attracted more attention than expected, even in the movie industry as we reported only yesterday. Someone will remember Apple’s interest in not only acquiring the rights to Michael Lewis’ book about the history of former cryptocurrency king, Sam Bankman-Fried, and FTX. The point of this move? Make a movie about the story to be shown as original content on Apple TV+. Since these are the events of the last few days, it is clear that we are talking about a book that will be published in record time, during which very accurate discoveries are expected about the events of the past six months, which the author “fortunately” was able to spend in close contact with Bankman-Fried .
And then comes the scoop of the last few hours variety And this time, Apple has nothing to do with it. Apparently Amazon will produce an eight-episode limited series about the FTX scandalNo less cooperation With AGBO, Joe and Anthony Russo’s production company. And many other details emerged, we know that for example David Weil will write the pilot He will executive produce, along with the Russo brothers, who will likely also cover showrunner roles. Amazon hopes to start production in the spring of 2023 and there’s also a statement from Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, about this unreleased project.
“We are thrilled to be able to continue the great working relationship with David, Joe, Anthony and the AGBO team through this fantastic series of events. I can think of better partners to bring this multifaceted story to a global Prime Video audience.”
We will not rehash the story of FTX in this news, which you can read again thanks to the two content linked above, but for now it remains to understand the nature of the project. According to sources varietyLThe Amazon series will be based on the “inside reporting” of some FTX journalists and Bankman-Fried, though we don’t know for sure the names and details. However, Apple’s plans to make a movie, and Amazon’s this one, appear to be two very different things.
We then talk about potential actors, and without naming specific names, it appears the Russo brothers have already held talks with some of those who worked on previous Marvel projects, but we can’t go far. Here is one of the first statements of the Rousseau brothers on this issue.
“This is one of the most brazen scams ever. It cuts across many industries: celebrity, politics, academia, technology, crime, sex, drugs and the future of modern finance. And at the heart of it all is a very mysterious figure with a complex and dangerous personality. We want to We understand why.”
But this is not the directors’ first collaboration with Amazon, in fact, after the success they have had with Marvel films, the Russos signed an agreement with Amazon in 2018 for spy dramas. fort. Production on the first season wrapped earlier this year, but a premiere date has yet to be set.