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Robert De Niro to Play Bernie Madoff in HBO Movie

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 7th 2011 10:45AM
Robert De Niro has played gangsters, mafia dons and sociopaths, and now he's set to take on the biggest white-collar villain of them all: disgraced Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff.

HBO, in collaboration with De Niro's Tribeca Productions, has purchased the rights to the book 'Truth and Consequences: Inside the Life of the Madoff Family,' according to the UK Daily Mail. The biography, which will serve as the source material for the TV movie, was the basis for the Madoff family's recent '60 Minutes' interviews.

'Reservation Road' writer John Burnham Schwartz will write the screenplay, according to Deadline. The book 'The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust,' will also be used to inform the project.

The Madoff story is one filled with tragedy on all sides. After decades of being perceived as a financial genius while living a gigantic lie, Madoff is now serving a 150-year prison sentence for his crimes. In the wake of his $50 billion financial fraud, which left thousands of victims robbed of their life savings, the damage to his family was also immense. Madoff's son Mark committed suicide by hanging himself last year, and in 'Truth and Consequences,' it was revealed that Ruth and Bernie also tried to take their lives by overdosing on sleeping pills.

Below, Ruth Madoff tells '60 Minutes' about the couple's suicide attempt:

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November 14 2011 at 12:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LOIS PATRICK

Whatever happened to movies that were about honorable people? Oh that's right......(money losers)

November 07 2011 at 11:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
larry

I would like to see the movie make money and all the proceeds go to the people who lost their investments. They should be compensated for their losses. The Madoffs should NOT make a dime off this movie. The proceeds go ONLY to the victims.

November 07 2011 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lou G

Bernie should be played by Stephen hawking.

November 07 2011 at 11:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brandon

Bernie Does not deserve such an honor, to be played by such an Amazing Actor!! I know it wouldn't sell tickets but his roll should be played by a Giant Steaming Pile of S*!T Just cut back and forth from the actors and the Pile Of S*!T and have his lines dubbed in.. F**k you Bernie I hope you rot!!

November 07 2011 at 10:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lippylulu

Sean Penn would have been a better choice.

November 07 2011 at 10:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hswremann

I hear that ..I hope they don't Make a dime off of that Movie what Mad Dog Madoff did was also effect some of Hollywoods Actors and or Actresses Kyra Sedgwick was one of them for Example

November 07 2011 at 10:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
letmeowt

If Madoff or his wife stand to make a dime off this movie, I challenge everyone to BOYCOTT it!

November 07 2011 at 10:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hswremann

Robert De Niro is a Wonderfull Actor ! and a Good choice or Armand Assante as well I wonder if they thought also of asking Gene Hackman to try for the Playing the Part of Bernie Madoff ?

November 07 2011 at 10:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
iconicecrater

Dustin Hoffman would have been my first choice, I thought Deniro should play Gotti instead.. But hey the Hollywood director's always know best.. ?????

November 07 2011 at 10:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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