Jay Longino, who penned the upcoming Lionsgate comedy Uncle Drew toplined by NBA star Kyrie Irving, Tiffany Haddish and Lil Rel Howery, has been set to adapt The Smart Money, a TV series in development based on Michael Konik’s 2006 memoir about life inside one of Las Vegas and the world’s most sought after gambling rings. OBB Pictures optioned rights to the book last fall and is producing with 3 Arts Entertainment.
In the book Konik, a journalist, unfolds his story of landing an interview with one of Las Vegas’ most prolific sports betters, unknowingly becoming a patsy working in his gambling ring, eventually wagering hundreds of thousands of dollars on a given day and as much as $1 million on one event. OBB and 3 Arts plan to shop the half-hour dramedy series to cable and streaming services.
Longino will now also executive produce with OBB president and CEO Michael D. Ratner, Scott Ratner and Eric D. Cohen and 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg and Jonathan Berry. OBB’s Matthew Hirschhorn and Kfir Goldberg will co-executive produce.