Moneyball and The Social Network scriptwriter Aaron Sorkin is in negotiations to adapt a financial drama based on Michael Lewis' non-fiction book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt.
Lewis if one of America's best known financial writers, and Flash Boys takes on the topic of high-frequency trading - a strategy in which traders use computer algorithms to buy and sell stocks. The moral of Lewis' story? That the stock market is rigged and that traders, along with the stock exchange operators and big Wall Street banks, are getting rich at the expense of everybody who has an investment in the stock market.
Now, Sorkin - who won an Oscar in 2010 for his screenplay for The Social Network, based on the true story of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg - is in talks to write the script for a movie version.
Sure, Michael Lewis' work certainly features a challenging subject to bring compellingly to the screen. But although it doesn't sound even as cinematic as Moneyball (which at least had baseball) and doesn't have the celebrity rags-to-riches story of The Social Network, if anyone can make the high-powered milieu seem interesting, it's Sorkin.
Do YOU think Sorkin will do the Flash Boys justice?