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Real 'Wolf of Wall Street' Shopping Reality TV Project THR

The man who wrote the memoir “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which is now a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is shopping a television reality show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Electus Chief Executive Chris Grant is working with Jordan Belfort, the writer of the 2007 memoir, to create a pitch for an “uplifting show,” the story says.

Belfort, 51, served 28 months for his crimes, which included scamming investors out of $110 million in the 1990s, the story says.

In the TV project, Belfort will help people who have hit bottom, as he did, but are looking for a way to climb back up. Belfort now works as a motivational speaker, the piece notes.

“Interest has been high for the project among those networks that already have met the author, says Grant, who describes the reaction of several execs to Belfort’s magnetic, made-for-reality personality: ‘He was described to us after leaving the room as "TV gold,"’” the story reports.

The Martin Scorsese-directed “Wolf of Wall Street” has grossed more than $30 million in the U.S., the piece notes.

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