Yet Another GameStop Movie Coming, This One With A Surprising Cast
Sony Pictures has scooped up the project dramatizing one of 2021's biggest financial and tech stories.
Sony Pictures will be the distributor for Dumb Money, a GameStop meme stock movie based on Ben Mezrich's book, The Antisocial Network. Deadline was the first to report.
In contrast to the other documentaries and film projects that were rushed to market about one of the biggest stories of 2021 in the financial and technology spheres, Dumb Money features a cast of big names. Its stars include Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Sebastian Stan, and Pete Davidson. Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya, Cruella) will direct the movie. Filming is expected to begin in October. Mezrich himself confirmed the casting and filming date on Twitter.
Gillespie, Rogen, and Stan worked together previously on the Hulu series Pam & Tommy.
Mezrich previously wrote Bringing Down The House, which was adapted for the 2008 poker drama 21 starring Kevin Spacey, Jim Sturgess, and Laurence Fishburne. Mezrich's other popular book, The Accidental Billionaires, told the story of the founding of Facebook. It would later be adapted for the Oscar-winning movie The Social Network starring Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg. An unnamed source told Deadline, "This is much more fun [than The Social Network] with more commercial and comedic dialogue."
In January 2021, GameStop's share price exploded due in part to investors on Reddit's Wall Street Bets subreddit and other forums taking aim at the institutional investors who were "shorting" the stock. This created what's known as a "short squeeze," and GameStop's share price blasted off to record heights.
As of this writing, Dumb Money has no set release date.
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