Michael Lewis’ next book is about FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, and the best-selling author has been embedded with the disgraced crypto mogul for the past six months. That’s according to reporting from The Ankler Sunday

Lewis has seen many of his books become movies. For example, Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, was based on the author’s 2003 Moneyball: How to Win an Unfair Game.

The location of Bankman-Fried has been a matter of intense interest this weekend, after he resigned as FTX’s CEO on Friday as it declared bankruptcy. Many speculated that he flew on a private plane to Argentina. But he answered a reporter from Reuters with a simple “Yes, I did.” “nope” Text message. Bloomberg reporting now suggests he’s in the Bahamas, where FTX is based.

His rapid rise and fall feel like something out of a movie, so many wonder who will be the one to tell the story. 

If an author of Lewis’ stature has been embedded with Bankman-Fried, that’s big news not only in book publishing, but in Hollywood, too. 

At the center of The Ankler’s reporting is an email it says it obtained from Matthew Snyder, an agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Los Angeles. According to reports, Snyder sent the email Friday to potential buyers. 

According to The Ankler’s email, it reads:

“For the past six months or so, Michael has been traveling with and interviewing Sam Bankman-Fried. The success of his childhood and early career at Wall Street reflected his altruism. His creation of a crypto-empire that took him to the top of the wealthiest people in the world in record time seemed more than enough for a Michael Lewis signature book.

“Of course, the events of the past week have provided a dramatic surprise ending of the story. It also revealed the rivalry between Bankman Fried’s and Binance’s head Chnagpeng Z. Michael Lewis likens them as the Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader of crypto.

“Michael hasn’t written anything yet, but the story has become too big for us to wait.

“Let me know if I’ve piqued your interest.”

Although it seems unlikely that Bankman-Fried will be seen as a Skywalker-type hero following the events of this week’s events, his rivalry against Changpeng is not. “CZ” Zhao, the founder and CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Binance is well-known. 

Last weekend, a tweet sent by Binance CEO stating that he was dumping FTX coins sparked a wave in withdrawal requests from FTX customers. Concern about FTX’s solvency spread quickly. Binance signed a letter of intent to acquire FTX, then backed out just a day later, stating that the company’s issues “are beyond our control or ability to help.” By week’s end FTX declared bankruptcy. 

“At some point I might have more to say about a particular sparring partner, so to speak,” In a 22-tweet thread, Bankman Fried said the following on Thursday “But you know, glass houses. So for now, all I’ll say is: well played; you won.”

Dramatic stuff indeed.

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