Summit Entertainment will distribute a movie based on his latest novel, Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, From Wall Street to Dubai. I’m assuming the subtitle will be chopped off.
The story is about John D’Agostino, an Italian kid from Brooklyn who goes to Harvard and learns how to trade on the Merc Exchange. He meets up with a shady trader and a mysterious Middle Easterner before changing the oil industry in the U.S. and Dubai.
When the book came out in 2007, Mezrich was doing the press tour to promote it. I heard an interview where he described the whole scenario and it sounded incredibly interesting. I neglected to find it then, but it just made my Amazon list now.
It actually reminds me of the corrupt Enron traders characterized in the documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, who were taking advantage of the California power grid for their own personal gain. Then that reminds me of a few ruthless salesman I’ve met myself.
According to Variety, Trigger Street is also developing his other novel Ugly Americans : The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions. Again, we’re probably looking at a name change there. The production company is partially owned and run by Kevin Spacey, who produced and starred in 21.
All three novels are about a whiz kid who falls into greed before dominating an industry for a boatload of cash. Does anyone else see the irony in Ben Mezrich, a Harvard grad, cornering the market on these kinds of books/movies recently? I’m not saying Ben’s greedy though, he’s a nice guy. We go way back. Maybe he’ll write one of these about me someday…