Even Michael Lewis Was Surprised Hollywood Bet on The Big Short 

That had been my experience for 20 years. The movie people would call to say how excited they were about some book or magazine article I’d written. They’d send me money, frosted with enthusiasm and rumors. (We’re talking to Mike Nichols to direct it! … Marlon Brando wants to play John Gutfreund! … Tom Cruise wants to play you!) And then, one day about two years later, all of it would simply stop—the enthusiasm, the rumors, and eventually the money. It felt like being inside a stock-market bubble, with my story as the object of speculation. I took no offense. I’d done no extra work. They’d paid me for nothing. In every case I felt I had tricked them into buying something they couldn’t use, by writing a “true story.”

Source: Vanity Fair (h/t: @pkafka)