It sounds like a winning combination already – Brad Pitt’s production company behind an Adam McKay-directed adaptation of a bestselling book.
But now with details emerging that Pitt will star alongside Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling, The Big Short looks set to be a sure-fire winner when it finally hits cinemas.
The Big Short tackles the housing and credit bubble disaster that led to the global financial crisis in 2007. Variety reports that the film is likely to be structured as an ensemble effort featuring several characters who had a role in creating the credit crisis.
Pitt’s production company Plan B, also behind Moneyball, is working on the movie adaptation with Paramount Pictures.
McKay, whose previous credits include the two Anchorman films, The Other Guys and Talladega Nights, has praised Lewis’s ability to turn complex ideas into “page-turners”.
“Plan B and I connected over that breathless quality the book has. Very excited to jump into this,” McKay said.
Plan B, which Pitt founded in 2002 with then-wife Jennifer Aniston, who left in 2006 after the couple split, continues to go from strength to strength, tackling weighty subjects. Credits include last year’s best picture Oscar 12 Years a Slave, and civil rights drama Selma, which received multiple Golden Globes nominations.