The man who was imprisoned for 22 months after being convicted of fraud crimes connected to the stock market is described as “TV gold” according to several executives who have met with him.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Electus CEO Chris Grant — the head of the studio behind “Fashion Star” and “Mob Wives” — has been “hopelessly smitten” with Belfort since reading his 2007 memoir “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The pair has been pitching Belfort’s “unique set of business skills” as an uplifting show that shows him “stepping in to help others who, like him, have hit rock bottom but still hold out some hope for redemption.”
Belfort, 51, has been working as a successful motivational speaker, with his new life based out of Manhattan Beach, Calif. He is also reportedly engaged.
Though “The Wolf of Wall Street” has been praised by critics and done well in the box office, it also has been detracted by people like Christina McDowell (the daughter of a man who testified against Belfort in court) as a “reckless attempt at continuing to pretend that these sorts of schemes are entertaining.” Surely a television series about Belfort will get the same response.