It’s all star cast time, as Variety reports that Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling are teaming up for the financial drama, The Big Short. Pitt also has his producer hat on for the movie, which will be his second adaptation of a Michael Lewis non-fiction book, following Moneyball.
Part of the reason for the starry line-up isn’t just down to Pitt’s involvement and Lewis’ reputation, but because it will be one of the first studio movies directly about the financial crash in the 2000s. Many have noticed that despite the global ramifications of the credit crunch and its fallout, Hollywood has generally only dealt with it obliquely. Even those films which appear to deal with it, such as The Wolf Of Wall Street, have tended to look at individuals more than the machine itself.
However Lewis ‘book tells the story of the build-up of the housing and credit bubble during the 2000s that led to the financial crisis of 2007-2010’.
Some have suggested Tinsel Town’s reluctance to handle it directly is due to the fact the studios rely on many of the institutions implicated in the crash for funding and financial ‘expertise’, and so haven’t wanted to be too critical. However Paramount is planning to back The Big Short.
It’s expected more major talent will sign up, as it’s planned as a Traffic-style ensemble tale, with lots of characters all who have a roughly similar sized role. However at the moment it’s not known currently involved actors will play.
Adam McKay, who’s best known for his comedy work with Will Ferrell (such as Anchorman, The Other Guys and Step Brothers), is set to write and direct. It’s not clear when it will shoot.