Soon after MGM announced a GameStop stock movie from the author of the book The Social Network was based on, Netflix is coming in with its own GameStop stock movie.
Deadline reports that Netflix is talking with The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty writer Mark Boal to write a movie based on the big financial conundrum. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before star Noah Centineo is also attached to play a major role in the film.
Centineo will also be seen in the upcoming Black Adam movie starring Dwayne Johnson as the character Atom Smasher.
Netflix also tapped NYU professor Scott Galloway to serve as a consultant on the script. Galloway has been tweeting about the GameStop stock situation from his personal Twitter account.
MGM already announced it acquired the film rights for a book proposal from New York Times author Ben Mezrich titled The Antisocial Network. Mezrich pitched the book proposal sometime last week and MGM bought the film rights on Friday.
Mezrich is re-teaming with MGM’s Michael DeLuca who worked with him to adapt Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal, into the movie The Social Network directed by David Fincher.
GameStop’s stock prices have surged in the past weeks from around $3 a share in 2020 to over 1,700% as short-sellers face the subreddit r/WallStreetBets in the financial sector.
Other underperforming stocks like AMC and BlackBerry have surged as well on the backs of day traders from Reddit.
The story of GameStop stock has rattled Wall Street and finance observers and has been called by the media a David vs. Goliath story. And given this intense interest, authors and filmmakers are moving in fast to capitalize on what is certainly one of the biggest and strangest news stories in 2021.