After his success with Moneyball, Brad Pitt is returning to the works of Michael Lewis for his next project.
Like the book of the same name, The Big Short will examine the housing and credit boom-and-bust that caused the recession in 2007, with Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale cast alongside Pitt according to Variety. It’s speculated that more roles will be cast at a later point, assuming the film features the same number of individuals as the original text.
Pitt’s company Plan B (12 Years a Slave, Selma) will produce, while in a surprising change of direction Anchorman director and writer Adam McKay will write the script, and is also expected to direct the film.
Lewis’ original non-fiction book (called The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine) was published in 2010 and spent 28 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Pitt’s last adaptation of Lewis’ work, Moneyball, was a critical success and was nominated for six Oscars.