The corporate woes of energy broker Enron will someday make it to the small screen.
Cables FX has reached a deal with Artisan Entertainment to develop a film based on the companys rise and fall, it was revealed Thursday.
With each passing day you kind of see the guts of whats happening, said Kevin Reilly, president of FX Entertainment. Theres a pretty clear set of who were the heroes and who were the villains.
Documentary producer Lowell Bergman, perhaps best known as the producer behind the 60 Minutes tobacco story profiled in the film The Insider, has been brought in as a consultant to the film.
Because the story continues to unfold, a script for the film probably wont be written until later this year, if not next.
Its possible the film wont hit the airwaves until late 2003 or 2004, Reilly said.
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The key, he said, is creating a film thats not heavy on the minutiae of corporate deals and focuses instead on the people and conflicts involved.
The average guy would be hard-pressed to tell you what happened at Enron, Reilly said. But they can tell you a bunch of fat cats gutted the 401(k)s.
Bergmans approach to the story is that Enron was a case of the guys against the girls, Reilly said.
Some credible, educated women were manipulated by the boys, Reilly said. It seems like there was a systematic breakdown at almost every level of this company.
Much of the movie will be based on information available to the public, through press accounts and Congressional hearings. The producers are also hoping to lock up the stories of some participants.