MONEYBALL Author Michael Lewis to Adapt His Non-Fiction Novel LIAR’S POKER for Directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra

     September 26, 2011


Author Michael Lewis has seen his non-fiction novels The Blind Side and Moneyball adapted by other writers into successful movies.  Now he’ll be taking a crack at adapting one of his books as  THR reports that Lewis is set to adapt his debut non-fiction novel Liar’s Poker for Warner Bros with John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) attached to direct.  The book was released in 1989 and Warners has been trying to adapt it since 1990.  Liar’s Poker recounts Lewis’ time working as bond trader for Salomon Brothers and captures the 1980s Wall Street culture, “especially how the firm single-handedly created a market for mortgage bonds that made the firm wealthy, only to be outdone by Michael Milken and his junk bonds.” [Thanks, Wikipedia!] Lewis quit the firm in 1988 to write the book and become a financial journalist.  His most recent financial book was The Big Short, which is being adapted by Paramount and Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company.

Lewis tells THR he plans to write the script for Liar’s Poker over the next two months.  You can check out a synopsis of the book after the jump.  As for Requa and Ficarra, the duo is also planning to direct a new film based around middle-aged guys going on a backpacking trip.

Here’s the synopsis for Liar’s Poker:

The time was the 1980s. The place was Wall Street. The game was called Liar’s Poker.

Michael Lewis was fresh out of Princeton and the London School of Economics when he landed a job at Salomon Brothers, one of Wall Street’s premier investment firms. During the next three years, Lewis rose from callow trainee to bond salesman, raking in millions for the firm and cashing in on a modern-day gold rush.

Liar’s Poker is the culmination of those heady, frenzied years—a behind-the-scenes look at a unique and turbulent time in American business. From the frat-boy camaraderie of the forty-first-floor trading room to the killer instinct that made ambitious young men gamble everything on a high-stakes game of bluffing and deception, here is Michael Lewis’s knowing and hilarious insider’s account of an unprecedented era of greed, gluttony, and outrageous fortune. [Amazon]


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