A few months prior, it was announced that HBO was circling a project about the infamous Bernie Madoff, with desired star Robert De Niro. The project is now taking form, and De Niro is on board to play the notorious multi-billion dollar thief.
HBO is using two books about Madoff's life and his criminal activities, which robbed thousands of citizens of their life savings, as source material for the film. Those include Truth and Consequences: Inside the Life of the Madoff Family by Laurie Sandell—to which HBO and De Niro's Tribeca pictures has recently purchased the adaptation rights, and The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust by Diana B. Henriquez—the original source material for the script.
The film is being written by John Burnham Schwartz, whose only film credit to date was adapting his own novel, Reservation Road in 2007.
If De Niro has a type, it's certainly no far stretch from a Madoff character: a man-in-power and a ruthless criminal. Hopefully the actor can channel his glory days to bring us a Madoff story we won't soon forget.