This could be a blow to The New York Times’ mergers and acquisitions coverage, even though the author of Too Big to Fail will continue to write a column there and oversee its DealBook site. Sorkin is one of the best-known and well-sourced reporters on the deal beat. But his frequent appearances on shows including MSNBC’s Morning Joe suggest that Sorkin has been bitten by the showbiz bug — and Squawk Box had an empty chair since Monday, when Carl Quintanilla left to host Squawk on the Street. Here’s the note that SVP Nik Deogun sent to the staff:
HBO has assembled the cast of Too Big to Fail, the Curtis Hanson-directed movie about the 2008 financial crisis and the power brokers who decided the fate of the world’s economy as the system teetered on collapse. Joining William Hurt, previously set to play Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, are James Woods as Dick Fuld, the last chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers nicknamed the “Gorilla” on Wall Street; HBO regular Paul Giamatti as Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke; Billy Crudup as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; Ed Asner as Warren Buffett; Kathy Baker as Wendy Paulson and Cynthia Nixon as Michele Davis. Also cast in the movie, set to begin production in mid-October, are Ayad Akhtar as Neel Kashkari, Topher Grace as Jim Wilkinson, Dan Hedaya as Barney Frank, Michael O’Keefe as Chris Flowers, Tony Shalhoub as John Mack and Joey Slotnick as Dan Jester.