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Nonfiction Author Ben Mezrich Joins Showtime’s ‘Billions’




The television drama Billions, starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, centers around a U.S. attorney who takes on a hedge fund manager in a series of legal battles. As the series nears production on its fifth season, the show has brought on a well-respected author into their writing team.

Nonfiction writer Ben Mezrich has signed on to join the writer’s room of the Showtime series and will directly work with the showrunner as a consultant. Mezrich is best known for writing nonfiction books about ambitious people who either cheat the system to get ahead or create something that changes society. Specifically, he is the author of The Accidental Billionaires, which covers the founding of Facebook and the legal battles that ensued afterwards and was adapted into the award-winning film The Social Network.


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Mezrich expressed his excitement over joining the show in a statement to The Boston Globe:


“I’m psyched to be working with the smartest people in TV. I’ve been a huge fan of [co-creators] Brian Koppelman and David Levien since ‘Rounders,’ I love ‘Billions,’ and I’m taking the Acela straight to Hollywood.”


The news of Mezrich joining the show comes after the release of his most recent book Bitcoin Billionaires, which follows Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who originally sued Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in The Accidental Billionaires, as they succeed in the world of cryptocurrency. Since Billions has been known for dabbling in cryptocurrency in certain plotlines, Mezrich’s involvement might be tied to this new book.


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Have you read any of Mezrich’s books?




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Showtime Picks Up Lin-Manuel Miranda & Patrick Rothfuss’ ‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’ Series!

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the man who turned the U.S.’s founding fathers into rappers, may be providing the world its next Game of Thrones-level fantasy TV series. Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicles will be coming to Showtime and my fantasy-reading friends are pretty stoked.


Lionsgate is also planning a trilogy of Rothfuss’ novels, but the Showtime series will be a prequel. It takes place in the same universe and will tell an origin story set a generation before The Name of the Wind (the first novel). 


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It might seem like a weird coupling, Miranda and Rothfuss, but Rothfuss only had nice things to say about working with the Hamilton writer. Speaking to Vulture, Rothfuss said


I’ve told Lin many times, ‘There’s no degree you can be involved in this project that will not please me.’ He is full of joy, and he is disgustingly talented. Why wouldn’t you want to, you know, interact with that person as much as possible, either in projects or just in your day-to-day life?


Sounds like Rothfuss and Miranda have a budding friendship. It’s a good thing too. Miranda’s pretty prolific, so maybe that will rub off on Rothfuss. Fans are still waiting on the finale to The Kingkiller Chronicle. The Name of the Wind came out in 2007 and the follow-up, The Wise Man’s Fear, in 2011.


But don’t go asking Rothfuss where the third book is. He might be polite and say something like, “Oh, it’ll be here soon.” But what he’ll really be thinking, he said to Vulture, is, “just fuck off. Just die. I don’t need any more of that in my life.” His tongue, I’m sure, was in-cheek. Don’t worry, fans. He’s not actually telling you to do those things. Hey, if you were in his position, you might feel the same.


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