FlynnPictureCo. has optioned the rights to “Barbarians at the Gate” author Bryan Burrough’s Vanity Fair article “Fyre Festival” with plans to adapt it into a narrative feature film that Emily Jerome will pen and which “Three Identical Strangers” helmer Tim Wardle is attached to direct.
The film focuses on the disaster that was the Fyre Festival, billed as a luxury music Coachella-type gathering in the Bahamas cooked up by 25-year-old wannabe entrepreneur Billy MacFarland.
MacFarland used his flair for social media messaging and his friend Ja Rule to lure moneyed young people into paying exorbitant prices for accommodations and entertainment. When revellers got there, they found a disorganised mess which turned into a “Lord of the Flies”-esque class battle while many online watched in joy as the disaster unfolded in real time and the privileged elite struggled to get off the island.
Two documentaries have already come out, most notably Netflix’s “Fyre” which has some of the best reviews of the year, and the legal implications from this massive fraud are still playing out.