Jonah Hill is setting up his next project. A collaboration with “The D Train” directors Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul based on a Wired magazine article “Finding a Vegas Poker Bug Made These Guys Rich — Then Vegas Made Them Pay, ” Variety has reported.
This is just the latest in a series of breaking entertainment news stories to come out of Sundance. In the past the Sundance Film Festival was just a place where independent film makers went to showcase their work in the hopes of finding studio backing and/or a distributor. Most of the reports from Utah this past week have been about the buzz surrounding new films and which ones did find a distributor.
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But Sundance has morphed into much more in recent years. Now the already famous go there to promote themselves and even big budget studio projects are shown at the film festival. It is also where directors, writers and actors go to network with one another and make deals for future projects.
This is how Jonah Hill came to team with Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul.
Mogel and Paul bought the rights to the Wired story which was first published in October, 2014 and written by Kevin Poulsen. It tells the story of two hackers, Andre Nestor and John Kane, who were arrested in 2009, who found a way to take advantage of a technical error in video poker machines. The pair got away with more than $1 million before they were caught.
Hill worked with Mogel and Paul before on on Fox’s animated series “Allen Gregory.”