‘Better Call Saul’ Co-Creator Tackles Wall Street for HBO

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

It looks like Peter Gould is going from slimy lawyers to sleazy stock traders.

The co-creator of the smash AMC hit Better Call Saul has begun negotiations on to direct an HBO original movie based on the 2012 nonfiction book “Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market and Wall Street’s Wildest Con” by Guy Lawson, according to Variety.

The book (and subsequent film) will focus on a colorful cast of rogues who create an outrageous hedge fund fraud. This group of miscreants then go about in search of “The Octopus,” a secret and elite market that controls the world’s financial system.

If the deal goes through, Gould would write, direct and executive produce.

Gould has worked with HBO before, writing the 2011 HBO film Too Big to Fail, which was an adaptation of the Andrew Ross Sorkin book about the onset of the 2008-09 global financial crisis. For his work on that project Peter Gould won a Writers Guild Award for adapted long form screenplay.

Gould is currently working with his partner-in-crime Vince Gilligan in developing and shaping the upcoming second season of Better Call Saul. No word on a start date for the HBO project has been announced yet.