Wallstreetbets and GameStop saga set for Hollywood treatment in new film


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The r/Wallstreetbets saga which noticed a gaggle of Redditors be a part of forces to extract billions from Wall Avenue hedge funds is ready to be became a film.

As reported by Deadline on Jan. 31, a newly proposed ebook by The Social Community creator, Ben Mezrich, was topic to a bidding battle between main Hollywood studios, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer profitable out in the long run.

The venture will reunite Mezrich with MGM producer Michael DeLuca, who additionally produced the Academy-Award profitable movie The Social Community, which informed the story of the rise of Fb founder Mark Zuckerberg.

No particulars have but been launched relating to the form the movie will take, however it’s anticipated to concentrate on the current “quick squeeze” orchestrated by members of the r/Wallstreetbets subreddit.

The movie will maybe profit from the presence of main cryptocurrency figures, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss — founders and operators of the Gemini trade. The Winklevoss brothers will be a part of the venture as govt producers underneath their Winklevoss Footage manufacturing firm.

After noticing that main hedge funds had been shorting GameStop (GME) shares, the Redditors noticed a chief alternative to make earnings by collectively betting the opposite manner.

This resulted within the worth of GME shares skyrocketing over 2,600% in January alone, with the knock-on impact of inflicting Wall Avenue shorters to lose tens of billions of {dollars}. One hedge fund, Citadel’s Melvin Capital, reported 53% losses in January and has since been pressured to restructure its funding portfolio to make sure faster exit methods sooner or later.

The sudden explosion of GameStop inventory was all of the extra stunning provided that most individuals thought-about it to be a useless model; a sufferer of the streaming market which has successfully transferred media consumption from the TV to the web.

Much more seemingly useless firms had been resurrected by Reddit’s merry band of merchants, together with AMC (up 905% in January), in addition to Nokia, Blackberry, and Mattress, Bathtub and Past.

Within the aftermath of the quick squeeze, many buying and selling apps suspended customers from shopping for any extra of the shares in query. The Robinhood app got here underneath significantly heavy hearth after observers noticed that 35% of its income got here from Citadel Securities — a sister firm of the identical hedge fund which misplaced billions of {dollars}.

This prompted outrage from all corners of the web and past. Politicians from each side of the spectrum have since voiced their issues in regards to the actions of RobinHood, with lots of of hundreds of viewers tuning in to look at Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez discuss the doable illegality of the agency’s actions. The USA Securities and Alternate Fee has since said that it will likely be looking into Robinhood’s dealing with of the GameStop drama, fearing that such actions will undermine market confidence.