Parmount options ‘Big Short’

February 22nd, 2010

Paramount Pictures has purchased the rights to ML’s upcoming book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company is reportedly working on the project.

Goldman Trader Shares Three Big Ideas With Lloyd

February 22nd, 2010

ML’s latest satirical column on Bloomberg.

Each year, for example, Goldman Sachs might announce a grand national competition, much like “American Idol.” Finalists will appear before a national television audience to be judged by a panel of three  rather ordinary  looking Goldman executives. On stage they will perform various Wall Street tricks: negotiating with Tim Geithner, lobbying the Senate Banking Committee, designing securities that blow up, selling bonds to Germans, etc.

The winner receives a job at Goldman Sachs.

Interview in New York magazine

November 29th, 2009

Michael Lewis was recently interviewed by New York magazine’s Vulture during the premier of The Blind Side in NYC.

Would it be a good movie? I didn’t think about that. And I really am pleased with how it turned out. When I met John Lee Hancock, I just thought, This is a good soul. You meet a lot of people in the movie business who say they’re writers who are not writers. And when I met him, I just thought he had the sensibility of a writer. And I think it’s a good thing when the writer is directing it, too, so it’s one vision. He didn’t have any interest at all in what I thought, except he’s polite, so he pretends to have an interest. He just does his own thing, and I thought that was a really good thing, too.

The Blind Side movie trailer released

August 7th, 2009

Warner Bros released the first trailer for The Blind Side on Aug 3rd.

Release date is set for November 20, 2009.

Terrence McNally interviews Michael Lewis

August 3rd, 2009

The Huffington Post‘s business writer Terrence McNally interviews Michael Lewis about Home Game and the financial crisis:

Audio:
Terrence McNally’s Podcast interview
– Also available on iTunes (55 min 39 sec)

Follow-up on Huffingpost.com:
Part 1:  The Rules of the Game Were Totally Screwed Up

Part 2:  There’s a Real Chance There’s Going to Be an Uprising

Bashing Goldman Sachs Is Simply a Game for Fools

July 28th, 2009

ML takes a jab at the almighty Goldman Sachs in his latest satirical column on Bloomberg. Tip of the hat to Matt Taibbi’s article in this month’s Rolling Stone about Goldman:

Rumor No. 5: Goldman Sachs is “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.”

Those words are of course taken from a recent issue of Rolling Stone magazine and they are transparently false.

For starters, the vampire squid doesn’t feed on human flesh. Ergo, no vampire squid would ever wrap itself around the face of humanity, except by accident. And nothing that happens at Goldman Sachs — nothing that Goldman Sachs thinks, nothing that Goldman Sachs feels, nothing that Goldman Sachs does –ever happens by accident.

Michael Lewis on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Monday 7/20/09

July 18th, 2009

Michael Lewis is slated to be a guest on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson this coming Monday, July 20th, 2009 @ 12:35am ET.

Link to YouTube clip (6 min 57 sec)

Sony Hires New Writer to Salvage ‘Moneyball’

July 10th, 2009

Latest episode from the “Moneyball” movie debacle: Sony Pictures has tapped screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (of West Wing fame) to quickly rewrite the “Moneyball” script.

Link to NY Times

Last month, Sony executives canceled the baseball picture — which was set to star Brad Pitt, who remains involved — just days before production, citing dissatisfaction with a rewrite from its director, Steven Soderbergh.

The film’s sudden collapse raised questions about Hollywood’s ability to tackle complex fare in the face of weak industry economics.

Authors@Google: Michael Lewis

July 3rd, 2009

Michael Lewis visits Google’s Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss his book “Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood.” This event took place on June 10, 2009, as part of the Authors@Google series.

Link from YouTube (47 min 5 sec)

The Man Who Crashed The World

July 2nd, 2009

August, 2009 Vanity Fair article investigating the implosion of A.I.G., Michael Lewis explains how one of the world’s safest insurers became a reckless juggernaut—and a national target.

Link to Vanity Fair article