Jack Black to Star in FINANCIAL LIVES

The Financial Lives of the Poets by cult favorite Jess Walters (Harper, 2009) is being adapted for a movie titled Bailout, directed by independent filmmaker Michael Winterbottom. First announced back in the spring, it’s now scheduled to begin shooting in January.

The novel satirizes the economic meltdown by following a man who becomes a pot dealer after his idea for a Web site that reports financial news in the form of poetry fails (unsurprisingly). Reviewing it in the NYT, Janet Maslin said, “Mixing financial advice with poetry is a terrible idea. But combining the elements of tragedy with a sitcom sensibility is a good one. And it’s what Jess Walter continues to do best.”

The Financial Lives of the Poets
Jess Walter
Retail Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2009-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061916048 / 9780061916045

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