When Molly Bloom released her memoir: ‘Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker,’ you could be forgiven for throwing any hopes of a Hollywood follow-up into the trash.
After all, the title says it all.
After pleading guilty to operating an illegal poker game where she generated $4m in a single year acting as a host, Bloom spilled the beans on a select cast of clientele that included the likes of Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Tobey Maguire, and the Olsen twins Ashley and Mary-Kate.
I mean, come on…who wants to cast people in these roles?
Well, it seems Aaron Sorkin is up for the challenge.
According to a piece written by Mike Fleming Jr. at Deadline.com, the man who was responsible for writing such gems as ‘A Few Good Men,’ ‘The Social Network,’ and ‘The West Wing’ is joining forces with the Mark Gordon Company to try to create a great movie out of Bloom’s piece of work.
It won’t be the first time the pair have worked together. They are currently in cohorts on the Steve Jobs biopic based on the Walter Isaacson bestselling autobiography.
Molly Bloom earned millions of dollars through an illegal poker game she hosted over an eight-year period. The games took place at various venues around Hollywood, including the Viper Room, and after being busted, Bloom was handed one-year probation and a $1,000 fine.
In the book, Bloom was less than complimentary about the games’ biggest winner, Tobey Maguire, when she called him the games’ worst tipper, revealed details of the under-handed way he used to bluff, and also stated that he used to bring Leonardo DiCaprio to the games just to attract the billionaire whales because the Titanic star was so bad at poker.
During one of the games Bloom revealed that Pamela Anderson’s ex-husband, Rick Salomon, asks Ben Affleck if Jennifer Lopez’s ass contained cellulite, or “was it nice?”
“It was nice,” said Affleck.
Let’s hope that Sorkin’s adaptation of ‘Molly’s Game’ is ‘nicer’ than the cellulite-laden piece of trash that was Affleck’s last shot at a poker movie – ‘Runner Runner.’
Mark Wahlberg to Star in a Remake of ‘The Gambler’
Movies about robots aside, the recent career of Mark Wahlberg has contained a few gems, and one hopes his latest incarnation as a literature professor with a gambling addiction in the movie ‘The Gambler’ continues that trend.
The movie, directed by Rupert Wyatt, is a prospective Oscar hopeful, meaning that it could possibly become the greatest gambling movie since ‘Rounders.’
Wahlberg plays the role of literature professor Jim Bennett, who develops a gambling problem, ends up owing a ton of money to the wrong people, and then has to figure a way out of his mess.
Brie Larson, John Goodman, and Jessica Lange also star in the remake of the 1974 film of the same name that starred James Caan.
The movie is expected to hit the cinemas in early 2015.