Home Of Playing cards creator Beau Willimon and his Westward producing accomplice Jordan Tappis accumulate teamed up with SK Global, the co-financiers of Warner Bros.’ Loopy Rich Asians franchise, to function and accumulate a series according to Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Avenue, Hollywood, and the World, the bestselling non-fiction e book about the ancient 1MDB Malaysian corruption scandal.

Screenwriter David Henry Hwang, a three-time Pulitzer finalist and playwright, has been tapped to write and executive accumulate the mission. SK Global and Westward will co-finance and oversee all phases of pattern and production.

Written by award-winning Wall Avenue Journal reporters Tom Wright and Bradley Hope and published in 2018 by Hachette Books, Billion Dollar Whale presents an interior memoir of Malaysia’s big 1MDB money-laundering scandal, exposing a nexus of elite wealth, banking, Hollywood, and politics. The e book facilities on the heist’s alleged mastermind, global fugitive Jho Low, and his adventures in Hollywood (financing Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Avenue and palling round with Leonardo DiCaprio) and Wall Avenue (making Goldman Sachs hundreds and hundreds whereas defrauding investors). Aloof below investigation by authorities in Malaysia, Singapore, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and the U.S. Department of Justice, the theft — estimated at $5 billion — ranks amongst the finest instances of fraud in history.

The e book become a Original York Cases bestseller and become named the Financial Cases 2018 E book of the Year. It has bought bigger than half of a million copies internationally, alongside side over a hundred thousand copies in Asia where it remains a bestseller. Wright and Hope’s reporting on the sphere contributed to prosecutions round the enviornment, alongside side in the finest ever bribery case against a notable financial institution. Their investigation also played a pivotal feature in Malaysian elections, overturning the a few years-lengthy domination of the ruling occasion and precipitating felony expenses against the frail high minister, Najib Razak.

SK Global’s John Penotti, Charlie Corwin and Marcy Ross will attend as executive producers alongside Willimon and Tappis on the series. Actor-producer Michelle Yeoh might possibly possibly also be a producer.

“At Westward we’re drawn to reports that judge the complexity of the events we stay in, centering on enigmatic and frightening characters,” acknowledged Willimon and Tappis in an announcement. “We’re also drawn to rising revolutionary systems to accumulate work in a quickly racy entertainment panorama. With David Henry Hwang on the helm, and SK Global at our facet, this mission enables us to construct each.”

Added Penotti and Corwin: “It’s grand to overstate the cultural affect of this yarn in Asia and round the enviornment. It’s each a yarn of economic greed and deceit, and a darkly comedic social satire.”

SK Global’s a quantity of initiatives in Asia encompass Thai Cave Rescue for Netflix, currently filming in Thailand, the series Delhi Crime (also at Netflix), and two upcoming functions as share of Indonesia’s Bumilangit Cinematic Universe for Disney+.

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