Let me see… First, there were the Nazis. Then the Russians. Then the oil sheiks. Then the international Trilateral Commission bankers. Then the European terrorists. Then the Japanese industrialists. Then the Hong Kong Chinese tongs. Then the Red Chinese. Then the media moguls. Then the Middle East terrorists. Now Bloomberg posts that film and television studios are “rushing” to tap into America’s anger over the financial crisis and make Wall Street execs into the newest villains. We’ve already heard how News Corp.’s 20th Century Fox is making a sequel to Wall Street featuring greed-is-good Gordon Gekko after he’s released from prison. But also Law & Order, the NBC show from parent company GE, is penning episodes around financial themes. And NBC is developing a one-hour series called Outrageous Behavior set on Wall Street. As NBC Entertainment’s Teri Weinberg told Bloomberg in an email. “We hope to exemplify the foolishness of the human condition in the world of finance.” And I’m told that Warner Bros has placed The Wolf of Wall Street, based on the autobiography of a stockbroker involved in securities fraud, on the priority list for development. On the other hand, today’s New York Times notes it’s “time for a rewrite” on Lifetime making a Candace Bushnell aspirational TV movie, Trading Up, where “the streets seemed to sparkle with the gold dust filtered down from a billion trades in a boomtown economy”. Now it’ll probably have a pariah CEO. And Dirty Sexy Money, ABC’s hour-long about the ups and ups of a rich and corrupt family and the lawyer who reps them, is still tanking in the ratings.
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