Showtime is hoping to make finance sexy: The network has just green-lit a pilot for Billions, an hour-long drama from New York Times columnist and CNBC anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin (Too Big to Fail) that’s set in the world of hedge funds. Sorkin, who is developing the project with writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Ocean’s Thirteen), will explore what the network calls “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.” It’s all supposed to be fictional, but given Sorkin’s involvement, it seems a safe bet it’ll all be at least a little bit inspired by real events.
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