Escape Artists and Overbrook Entertainment have optioned screen rights to Benjamin Wallace’s “The Billionaire’s Vinegar” reports Variety.
The story starts in 1985 when a Forbes family member paid $156,000 at auction for a bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux, which Christie’s of London billed as part of a cache discovered in France belonging to former US President Thomas Jefferson.
The wine was supplied by Hardy Rosenstock, a music manager-turned-wine dealer who somehow unearthed several bottles of old wine. After paying $500,000 for the Jefferson bottles, billionaire Bill Koch paid twice that for an investigation to confirm their origins and then sued Rosenstock.
Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Will Smith will produce.