The speed with which studios are rushing to develop their own WallStreetBets projects isn’t unheard of, but it is rather rare. The story itself and its economic and social impacts are still developing, and it may be some time before the full effect of the GameStop phenomenon – which has now also spread to other struggling companies like AMC – reveals itself.
Regardless of the tangible financial repercussions, Hollywood has already seen the narrative potential in the GameStop story. Several film projects are already in the works, including a recently announced movie for HBO. According to The Wrap, the project will be headed up by Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions and Andrew Ross Sorkin, the co-creator of hit series Billions. Former HBO Films president Len Amato will serve as executive producer. The film will be scripted, supposedly in the style of other recent cultural/technological history movies like The Big Short and The Social Network.
Moviegoers and streaming subscribers will have their pick of ways to watch the GameStop story soon enough though, including the upcoming adaptation from HBO.