The collapse and bald-faced fraud of Enron almost seems quaint today after all our banks took hundreds of billions of our dollars under both Republican and Democratic White House administrations. But even though Enron now looks small-time, that doesn’t mean it lacks for outsized personalities and corporate intrigue. Already brought to the screen back in 2005 with the Oscar-nominated documentary, “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”, Columbia wants to bring the story back with an adaptation of Lucy Prebble’s hit play, “Enron”. Hit the jump to long for the good old days of corporate graft.
Variety reports that Producer Laura Ziskin will produce “Enron” with Prebble adapting from her own script. Prebble’s previous credits include the play “The Sugar Syndrome” and the British television show, “Secret Diary of a Call Girl”. “Enron” has already become a hit overseas by playing a sold-out run at London’s Royal Court and will move to Broadway in the spring.
But I have to come back to my original concern. A single company putting 22,000 people out of work while scamming hundreds of millions of dollars for its top executives is appalling. It is nothing compared to what happened last September and is still happening and will continue to happen. I’m wondering if Columbia picked up the story thinking it would be more relevant today when I think, at best, it will make us wish for corporate greed that just destroyed tens of thousands of lives rather than tens of millions.