They covered brokers and corporate raiders in the first Wall Street movie, this time around we saw hedge funds, bankers and traders get the Hollywood treatment. There are only 2 groups left for the inevitable Wall Street 3, compliance officers or financial bloggers, and we’d all rather be dead than watch a movie about compliance officers.
I’m just spitballin’, but here’s the premise for Wall Street 3: Bloggers Never Shut Up…
The film’s protagonist works on The Street and blogs about markets in the interest of building his “brand” and getting his ideas out there. But he finds himself a pawn in a dangerous content re-purposing battle that threatens the very financial blogosphere itself.
Two blogging moguls, Henry Blodget and Andrew Ross Sorkin, are in a fight to the death for the fastest and most wide-ranging coverage of every single market-related story in the world. Bullpens full of young bloggers race to get the first post up of every single headline crossing the newswire, the first and most voluminous slideshow of every Wall Street sex scandal. Injuries in the blogging pits go untreated as speed is of the essence and “these links ain’t gonna click themselves, boys”. The brutality and spit-flyin’ intensity of the Business Insider versus DealBook war spills over into every corner of the web.
Which side will our young blogger hero choose as the heat is turned up and the content scraping gets violent?
And who is the anonymous blogger at iMakeDough that seems to be playing both sides, taunting both fellow bloggers and the mainstream media sites that wish he didn’t exist?
And what to make of the righteous Warrior Poets who blog at StockyTweets – real-life traders who actually do the things in the market that they write about?
And where does Jess Levine fit in? This young lady, who dominates the financial web with her snarky tabloid “Ballbuster“, calls BS on all the Wall Street and Greenwich shenanigans, day in and day out, with seemingly no agenda at all other than to keep us laughing until tears roll down our cheeks.
And who is this mysterious banker/blogger “The Socratic Mover-and-Shaker“? What are his motivations in being so truthful about the hidden culture of the investment banking world?
The film’s climax is a rooftop fistfight between our protagonist blogger, his friend The Colon_ist and a rag-tag band of former journalists who are being press-ganged behind a newspaper paywall. The action is white knuckle as epithets like “Scraper” and “Dinosaur” are hurled back and forth. But our hero has a secret weapon up his sleeve – WordPress 3.0 – to fend off his adversaries and bring about “internets justice” for one and all.
Or something like that. You’ll have to wait for the movie.