December 30, 2013 00:16:49 GMT
Interest has been high among TV executives to pick up a show starring Jordan Belfort helping others who have hit rock bottom like him.
The real "The Wolf of Wall Street" could be a reality TV star. Jordan Belfort, who inspired the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has been approached by Electus CEO Chris Grant to star in an uplifting show that sees him helping others who have hit rock bottom.
Grant has taken special interest on Belfort and branded him "TV Gold", THR reported. Grant, who is running the studio behind such series as "Fashion Star" and "Mob Wives", was keen on meeting the hard-partying financial swindler after reading his 2007 memoir, "The Wolf of Wall Street". In the book, Belfort described how he scammed investors out of $110 million throughout the 1990s and led a hard-partying lifestyle including serious drug takings.
"I knew without even seeing a picture of him that he could be a talent both behind and in front of the camera," Grant said. He tracked down Belfort, who worked as motivational speaker based in Manhattan Beach, California after serving 28 months in prison, and discussed how they were going to incorporate Belfort's "unique set of business skills" to the TV series.
The show will then see Belfort "stepping in to help others who, like him, have hit rock bottom but still hold out some hope for redemption." It has been shopped around to TV execs with the promise that Belfort has magnetic, made-for-reality personality.