EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: Last week, Deadline told you that Film 360 had matched the sports wagering tale Dangerous Odds with Management 360 clients Margot Robbie and scribe Andrea Berloff, and that Warner Bros was the lead among several studios chasing it. Warner Bros closed the deal, and Drew Crevello and Julia Spiro will oversee the harrowing tale for the studio.
EXCLUSIVE, January 22, 1:52 am: The hot package on the auction block has Margot Robbie poised to play Marisa Lankester, a young beautiful woman who became an insider atop the largest illegal sports betting organization in the U.S., and eventually a victim of a dangerous world of corruption. Lankester’s story, which almost sounds like a version of Robbie’s breakout rags to riches to rags saga The Wolf Of Wall Street, will be scripted by World Trade Center and Straight Outta Compton scribe Andrea Berloff, based on Lankester’s memoir Dangerous Odds. I’m told that several studios have chips on the table for this sports betting tale. Reps for Robbie and Berloff–Management 360 and CAA– and the producing shingle Film 360 are running an auction that began yesterday for Robbie to play Lankester, a thrill-seeking beauty who became an insider of the sports betting empire run by Ron “The Cigar” Sacco. She fell in love with his business partner, and moved the business with him from L.A. to Vegas and then the Dominican Republic, where gambling is legal. While she became a top model as well as a gambling mogul there, her existence devolved into a nightmare of incarceration and rape, before she finally escaped. She now lives in Switzerland. This one should play out quickly. Hot on the trail is Warner Bros–she’ll star in Suicide Squad for them–though I’m told that others are vying as well. I will keep you posted.