The Wolf Of Wall Street Might Get A Reality Show

42-54176412Photo: LUCAS JACKSON/Corbis.
Jordan Belfort, the former financial fraud who scammed investors out of $110 million and became the inspiration for The Wolf of Wall Street film, might soon see yet another pay day.
Belfort's tell-all book about his limitless excesses in the 1990s led Martin Scorsese to make the film with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead. Scorsese's not the only one captivated, however; Electus CEO Chris Grant also read Belfort's book and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, "was hopelessly smitten with its larger-than-life narrator." Together, Belfort and Grant are now working on a reality TV show, in which Belfort will council others who have hit rock bottom. Grant told The Hollywood Reporter that Belfort was described as "TV gold" by entertainment executives.
Some people, however, are less than thrilled with the idea of celebrating a scammer. Christina McDowell, the daughter of one of Belfort's former partners in fraud, wrote an open letter denouncing Scorsese's film, calling it "a reckless attempt at continuing to pretend that these sorts of schemes are entertaining, even as the country is reeling from yet another round of Wall Street scandals."
Forbes notes that Belfort, who served 28 months in federal prison for his crimes, "hasn't even come close" to paying restitutions required of him under a 2003 sentencing agreement — only $11.6 million of the $110 million he owes. Meanwhile, Belfort has continued to collect fees from his engagements as a motivational speaker as well as pull in $1.7 million in book and film rights. (The Hollywood Reporter)

More from Movies

As if winning an Oscar wasn't enough, actress Lupita Nyong'o just proved that she has another talent under her belt: freestyle rapping. The 33-year-old ...
There are few movies that just beg to be parodied more than Fifty Shades of Grey. But High School Musical comes pretty darn close. In case you haven't ...
This month, many 15-year-olds are just getting in the back-to-school swing of things. But Auli'i Cravalho's schedule is a little bit different: The teen ...
The 1960s never seemed creepier than in Rose McGowan’s haunting short film, Dawn (2014). McGowan, whose long acting résumé includes roles on TV megahits ...
Growing up is hard to do. Before "adulting" — that is, clumsily impersonating our role models and pretending we have our lives together — became a buzzword...
Every once in a while, a documentary comes out and changes the world. For 2016, 13th is destined to do just that. A film from notable director, ...
For women, Star Wars costumes used to mean one thing: Princess Leia. There were variations within the theme — Danish side-bun Leia, Hoth Leia, gold-bikini-...
As long as Harry Potter fans keep rewatching the beloved movies, they'll keep finding new reasons the series will make you cry. The latest discovery? Harry...
The documentary world can be overwhelming. Think of a topic — broad or obscure — and very likely a movie has probably been made about it. Biographies, ...
Luna Lovegood is one of the most memorable characters from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Later, the eccentric character was brought to life by the ...
Few things bring cinephiles joy quite like spending the weekend holed up in a movie theater, devouring the latest silver screen debuts. Though the biggest ...
There comes a point in every person's life when Netflix just isn't enough. Despite there being countless options on the popular streaming service, ...
Double check the calendar: It's officially fall. The leaves are changing, Halloween is looming, and cuffing season is just around the corner. What does ...
Five months after a controversy formed around the casting of Scarlett Johanssen as a Japanese woman in Ghost in the Shell, the teasers are here. For the ...