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"It Won't Be a Reality Show, If That's What You're Asking"

Kevin Roose on the just-announced deal that may turn his new book, Young Money, into a television show. 

New York magazine writer Kevin Roose is on a tear lately. And we don't just mean his feature on young Wall Street employees moving to Silicon Valley in this month's issue of San Francisco or his splashy new piece about how we're the next New York City.

For his new book, Young Money, he spent three years following recent college graduates who entered Wall Street jobs just after the economic crash. Now, news has just broke that the book has been optioned for a television show. It will be adapted into a pilot script, and then shopped around Hollywood.

We caught up with Roose, who spoke with us from the SXSW conference, about the book, his reaction, and whether we've hit peak Wall Street fatigue. 

San Francisco: Big news being optioned. How much of the details can you share at this point?
Kevin Roose: The writer on the project is Alfredo Barrios, who is this dynamite TV writer who worked on Burn Notice for a long time. Before he got into writing, Alfredo used to be a corporate lawyer, so he really knows the world of Wall Street and he has some great ideas to bring the book to life. And the producers on the project, Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen, are really experienced, too.

Fiction or documentary? Or is there even a line between those?
It won't be a reality show, if that's what you're asking.

Haven't we heard enough about Wall Street for this lifetime?
How many police dramas are there on TV right now? 100? I think these worlds are big enough to contain a number of very different, very good shows.

We read on IMDB that the writer also did a few Law and Order scripts back in the day. Are you planning to work your own doink-doink sound into it? 
The young Wall Street equivalent would probably be the sound of tears falling on a Bloomberg terminal keyboard.

You must have been stoked when you found out.
Well, it's not a pilot yet, it's just an option. So there's no guarantee it'll make it to the screen. But my reaction was still kind of like this

Best scene from the book that would translate to the small screen?
That'll be up to Alfredo and the producers, but I'm a big fan of the "Fashion Meets Finance" dating mixer, where they take a bunch of finance bros and a bunch of fashion-industry women and put them in a room to mingle and procreate and be obnoxious.

 

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