Let’s get straight to the point with this one. Paul Greengrass is attached to direct an adaptation of Robert Harris‘ novel The Fear Index. Yeah, Harris is the same guy who wrote The Ghost novel, which was adapted into The Ghost Writer thriller by Roman Polanski, and that’s (I guess) the only reason for us to give this new project a try. Nothing against Greengrass, though…
So, in an interview with The Telegraph, Harris revealed that Greengrass is already on board to direct The Fear Index, a thriller about an impending meltdown in the financial markets, and he added:
“I just hope that the capitalist system doesn’t collapse before publication date.”
Harris’ novel won’t be released until January, but we do know that it will follow a genius who creates a highly profitable hedge-fund based on a computer that can predict human mood swings.
His world is, however, thrown into turmoil after an intruder breaches the security systems at his home.
As usual, for all interested out there, here’s more detailed description of the novel:
“Dr Max Hoffman is a legend. A physicist once employed on the Large Hadron Collider, he now uses a revolutionary and highly secret system of computer algorithms to trade on the world’s financial markets. None of his rivals is sure how he does it, but somehow Hoffman’s hedge fund – built around the standard measure of market volatility: the VIX or “Fear Index” – generates astonishing returns for his investors.
Late one night, in his house beside Lake Geneva, an intruder disturbs Hoffman and his wife while they are asleep. This terrifying moment is the start of Robert Harris’s new novel – a story just as compelling and timely as his most recent contemporary thriller, The Ghost. Over the next 48 hours, as the markets edge towards another great crash, Hoffman’s world disintegrates. But who is trying to destroy him?”