Date: 13th February 2007

DiCaprio to star in Enron film

Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in a movie based on the story of Enron's collapse.

Warner Bros is buying the rights to a book about the scandal called Conspiracy of Fools, reports

The story has been previously been seen in cinemas in the 2005 documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.

In the new film, DiCaprio will play a newcomer to Enron who gradually exposes the fraudulent accounting that bankrupted the energy company in 2001.

Sheldon Turner, who will write the script for the new film, said it was a challenge to turn Kurt Eichenwald's book into a drama.

"Kurt made the factual stuff read like a thriller, and it felt right to tell the story from the point of view of an outsider," he said.

"The goal was to take it away from feeling like a staid look at a corporation and turn it into a character study of how people react under adversity."

Source: Press Release