Apple Nearing Deal for Film About Sam Bankman-Fried and the Collapse of FTX

Apple is close to a deal for the book rights to Michael Lewis' story about the fall of entrepreneur Sam Bankman-Fried and his cryptocurrency trading platform FTX, reports Deadline.

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The author of Moneyball, The Big Short, and The Blind Side spent six months will Bankman-Fried before his crypto exchange collapsed earlier this month. Bankman-Fried resigned as CEO of FTX, which was once understood to be worth up to $26 billion before it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, amid allegations of fraud and mishandled customer funds.

With the story expected to be turned into a feature film, Deadline's sources peg the deal at mid-seven figures. If Apple successfully closes, the report suggests it will have beaten competition from the likes of Amazon and Netflix.

Lewis' book will attempt to explain the fall of Bankman-Fried's crypto empire, which forced him to put up his Bahamas resort up for sale. He and FTX are now under investigation in the U.S. and other countries for possible securities violations. FTX's implosion has also seen celebrities Tom Brady and Larry David being sued for their part in its promotion.

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Top Rated Comments

enterthemerdaverse Avatar
20 months ago
Oh dear…

At least wait until all the blood letting and chest beating has played out.

We still have to see what is going to happen to all the politicians and CFTC regulators who were bought off with bribes, the international laundromat known as Binance and the Tether counterfeit digital dollar scam.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Dee Avatar
20 months ago
Too soon, this almost like artistic TMZ.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aknabi Avatar
20 months ago
His name is the 3 act story:
Sam -> Bankman -> Fried
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
madmin Avatar
20 months ago
He should change his name to Fried-Bank-Man
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SnappleRumors Avatar
20 months ago
I predict Seth Rogen will play Sam Bankman-Fried and Mike Tyson will appear playing himself.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pilot Jones Avatar
20 months ago
I hope they use David Fincher's The Social Network as the blueprint on how to properly depict these greedy tech bros who pretended to revolutionise the world while cheating every single person they possibly could.

In less competent hands, this will just end up being another biopic glorifying someone who doesn't deserve to be glorified.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)