Following the success of Thank You For Smoking, producers Edward R. Pressman (Edward R. Pressman Film Corp.) and Stephen Belafonte (WhiteShark Films) have decided to stick with Christopher Buckley's work by moving forward with a planned adaptation of Buckley's novel God Is My Broker, attaching Peter Himmelstein to pen the script. On Smoking, Pressman (who bought the rights to Broker back in 1998) served as executive producer, while Belafonte was an associate producer; Alan and Gabe Polsky will also produce through their Polsky Films.
Buckley's book follows an alcoholic Wall Street stock broker who's so fed up with his life that he ditches everything to join a monastery. However, when he's unable to accept the monks' vow of poverty, the broker taps back into some of those old skills by transforming his new environment into the same one he left behind. (Why is it hard for me to imagine a bunch of monks chain-smoking and cursing at a row of computer monitors?) Currently, no cast or director is attached; Jason Reitman is not involved, nor could I see him taking to this sort of material. Seems like a fun enough story, though I'm not sure why it's taken nine years to get off the ground. Anyone read the book? Care to share your opinions?