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“The Liar’s Ball” coming to the big screen

Story follows the extraordinary battles for control of the GM Building

June 09, 2015 06:10PM

From left: Harry Macklowe, "Liar's Ball" and J.C. Chandor

From left: Harry Macklowe, “The Liar’s Ball” and J.C. Chandor

“The Liar’s Ball,” a nonfiction book by investigative reporter Vicky Ward that tracks Harry Macklowe’s machinations while redeveloping the GM Building in the 1990s and 2000s, is going to be adapted as a feature film.

The film will be directed by J.C. Chandor, whose credits include “A Most Violent Year,” “All is Lost” and “Margin Call,” according to Variety. Gideon Yago, a writer for HBO’s “The Newsroom,” will pen the screenplay. It is unknown who will portray Macklowe.

“Commercial real estate in New York City has long fascinated me, to the point where I once had a broker’s license,” Chandor said in a news release. “The story that Vicky has captured through relentless research and interviews explores the drama and the romantic nature of buildings in a city that has continued to push closer and closer to the sky with each passing year.”

“The Liar’s Ball” was released last year. Ward is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and also wrote “Devil’s Casino,” a look at the collapse of Lehman Brothers. [Variety] — Tess Hofmann