The multi-billion corruption scandal 1MDB will be made into a television series by the creator of the award-winning show “House of Cards”.
Beau Willimon’s series will be based on ‘Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World’ by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope, after the book flew off the shelves in bookshops all over the world.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will be co-produced by SK Global, which previously financed “Crazy Rich Asians”.
It was also reported that Malaysian actress Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh will also be a producer for the series.
“At Westward we are drawn to stories that reflect the complexity of the times we live in, centering on enigmatic and surprising characters,” said Willimon and Tappis in a statement.
“We’re also drawn to developing innovative ways to produce work in a quickly shifting entertainment landscape. With David Henry Hwang at the helm, and SK Global at our side, this project allows us to do both.”
SK Global’s John Penotti and Charlie Corwin said “It’s hard to overstate the cultural impact of this story in Asia and around the world.”
“It’s both a tale of financial greed and deceit, and a darkly comedic social satire.”
The ‘Billion Dollar Whale’ was published in 2018 and it details how Malaysia’s massive 1MDB money-laundering scandal was being conducted, while exposing links between elite wealth, banking, Hollywood, and politics.
The book became a New York Times bestseller and was even named the Financial Times 2018 Book of the Year. Around half a million copies were sold internationally, including over one hundred thousand copies in Asia where it remains a bestseller.
The book centered on the heist’s allegedly masterminded by international fugitive Jho Low and his adventures in Hollywood. The scandal ranks among the biggest fraud cases in history.
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