Milos Forman to helm PONZI’S SCHEME

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 27th, 2011

With financial dramas becoming the new flavor of the month in the film world, with films like MARGIN CALL and TOO BIG TO FAIL hitting both the big and small screens respectively later this year, one of the biggest names in the arthouse world is set to take his talents to the financial world.

Variety is reporting that Milos Forman, director of such films as THE FIREMAN’S BALL, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, LOVES OF A BLONDE, and AMADEUS, is set to helm a new film based on the Mitchell Zuckoff book, Ponzi’s Scheme: The True Story Of A Financial Legend.

The film will be penned by Christopher Weekes (who himself is a hot commodity after scribing the Black List winning Jim Henson biopic, MUPPET MAN), and will follow the story of the now infamous Italian immigrant who in 1903, reached the states and went on a tear of get-rich-quick schemes. His name is now synonymous with the recent financial crisis, as his name gracing concept, a “Ponzi Scheme,” has been put right near the top of the zeitgeist.

Personally, I absolutely love this idea. Forman is a brilliant filmmaker, and this sounds like an interesting and new way to look at the financial world and the issues within it.  Given the creative team here, this could be a real winner of a film. The production doesn’t have a start date yet, but that shouldn’t stay the case for too much longer.

What do you think?

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