EXCLUSIVE: There have been developments in HBO Films’ long-gestating movie about Bernie Madoff starring Robert De Niro as the disgraced financier. Lie To Me creator Samuel Baum has been brought in as the new writer, and HBO has optioned a second book, Truth And Consequences: Life Inside The Madoff Family by Laurie Sandell. It will be used as additional source material alongside Diana Henriques’ bestseller The Wizard Of Lies: Bernie Madoff And The Death Of Trust, on which the HBO movie, also titled The Wizard Of Lies, is based. The film, which tells the story of the imprisoned swindler and the $65 billion Ponzi scheme he concocted, has been in the works at HBO since 2011, when the network optioned Henriques’ book, attached De Niro to play Madoff and hired John Burnham Schwartz to write the script. Tribeca Prods is producing, with its principals De Niro and Jane Rosenthal executive producing. Baum is with CAA.
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