Showtime has made its first pilot order of the year. The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that the pay-cable channel ordered the finance drama “Billions,” with the script co-written by New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin.
Sorkin will be joined by Brian Koppelman and David Levien in writing for the project, which is a fictional look at conflicts between some of the wealthiest hedge fund managers in the country and an aggressive U.S. attorney, the story notes.
“It’s a world Sorkin knows rather well. At The New York Times, he founded the popular financial news blog DealBook, and he also wrote the bestseller ‘Too Big to Fail: How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves,’ chronicling the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath. That book was adapted into a film by HBO starring Paul Giamatti and William Hurt, on which Sorkin was a co-producer. CNBC viewers will also recognize him as the co-host of ‘Squawk Box,’” the piece adds.