The Anti-Social Networkadapted from the book of the same title by Ben Mezrich on the incredible GameStop affair, found its director in the person of Craig Gillespie.
There have been films about games, games about films, or even films about games that take precedence within films, but there was precisely a footage missing about the very place where it is possible to access these games. Ah, and how to hack Wall Street by the way, because ultimately, why not.
Thus, the GameStop affair, an unlikely takeover by a handful of stockbrokers and other internet trolls on the world’s largest stock exchange, will be entitled to its cinematographic adaptation. Based on the book eponym written by Ben Mezrich (to whom we also owe The Accidental Billionaires on which is based the very very good The social network), The Anti-Social Network will therefore retrace how a handful of Internet users have succeeded, by dint of investments, in forcing Wall Street to put one knee on the ground.
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As a reminder, in January 2021 and since the Covid-19 crisis, the price of many shares has fallen drastically, thus allowing entry into the stock market at low investment. In order to sell and buy stocks at low cost, Americans can use the RobinHood application, which one of the users used to bet on a GameStop stock (a chain of stores specializing in the sale of video games ). But there is a catch.
A few days before this IPO of small investors, the group of hedge funds Melvin Capital bet on the fall of the shares of the sign in order to redeem them for unsalted peanuts. Revolted by the price of the action, and also a little by greed, the first user to have bet on GameStop then incited a whole gang of Internet users via the Reddit platform to invest en masse in GameStop shares. Objective: to raise the priceand harming hedge funds at the same time.
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In order to limit the breakage, the latter are therefore obliged to buy back the shares at several hundred times their price, but inevitably, they lose money. A lot of money. Melvin Capital thus recorded a loss estimated at some $3.75 billion. On January 28, at the height of the movement, the RobinHood application decided to put a stop to financial debauchery by temporarily ceasing all sales of GameStop shares… The stockbrokers saw this as an attempt by the markets to stifle the small investors. And were they really wrong? Everyone will have their own opinion.
In any case, the GameStop story unleashed passions and it seemed obvious that the case would have the right to be adapted on screens (small or large). If Hollywood and Netflix have announced several projects around the case, the rights to Ben Mezrich’s book were very quickly obtained by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM for friends), from January 2021a week after the publication of the book. However, it remained to find the right director to tackle this incredible undertaking.
Failing to find Fincher, can we hope to see Jesse Eisenberg participate in this adaptation?
Exactly, according to Deadline, he’s the director Craig Gillespie who would have been chosen to take the controls. And frankly, who better to address the incident, accustomed as he is to appropriating the headlines of affairs as excessive as they are extravagant to better affix his artistic touch? After all, in view of the gentleman’s previous projects between stripper Me Tonyaand more recently three episodes of the sex scandal of Pam and Tommyit looks like the GameStop financial uproar is right on the director’s ropes.
So between the massive rise in stocks, the outrage of traditional investors, and the intensity of the media coverageSuffice to say that the case promises, if carried out, an eventful film. Alongside Gillespie, Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo ofOrange is the new blackwill participate in the scripting of Mezrich’s book. Michael de Luca, who took part in the production of The social networkwill also be attached to the project.
If no information has been communicated on a potential casting, It seems like The Anti-Social Network goes into the pre-production phase by the summer. To be continued.