Taron Egerton (“Kingsman: The Secret Service”) and Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars”) are in final negotiations to team up for James Cox’s true story tale “Billionaires Boys Club” at Armory Films.
Set in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, the story follows the rise and fall of two outsiders – financial genius Joe Hunt (Elgort) and tennis pro Dean Karny (Egerton) – whose investment pool propelled them into society’s upper echelons.
Their lavish lifestyle and impressive returns obscured a snowballing fraud with the Ponzi scheme collapsing after an investment by Beverly Hills high-roller Ron Levin turned out to be worthless. Hunt was convicted in 1987 of the murder of Levin.
“Wonderland” director Cox will helm from a script he co-wrote with Captain Mauzner. Holly Wiersma and Cassian Elwes are producing.
The story was previously adapted into a 1987 mini-series with Judd Nelson, Brian McNamara and Ron Silver.