A month after it made decisions on its previous pilot slate, handing out series orders to drama The Affair and comedy Happyish, the pay cable network is back at it, greenlighting its first pilot for 2014, drama Billions. It was written on spec by journalist/author Andrew Ross Sorkin, whose book about the 2008 financial crisis Too Big To Fail was adapted by HBO Films, and by the feature writing duo of Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Ocean’s Thirteen). Billions will stay in the world of finance/politics/power chronicled in Too Big to Fail. It focuses on the collision and, at times, collusion between an aggressive U.S. attorney in New York and some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country. Koppelman, Levien, and Sorkin executive produce. They are repped by CAA and Karl Austen. In TV, Koppelman and Levien recently served as showrunners on HBO’s Rock ‘n’ roll drama project from Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger. He also wrote the 2003 ABC drama pilot The Street Lawyer and created and executive produced the ESPN series Tilt.Of Showtime‘s newly picked up series, Happyish continues to be in limbo following the sudden death of star Philip Seymour Hoffman.
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