Showtime Orders Drama Pilot ‘Billions’ From Andrew Ross Sorkin, Brian Koppelman & David Levien

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In what is the network’s first pilot order of the year, Showtime has green-lit Billions.

Billions focuses on the collision and, at times, collusion between an aggressive U.S. attorney in New York and some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country. The script was written by New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, David Levien and Brian Koppelman. All three will also executive produce the drama.

The green-light for Billions follows on from Showtime picking up and passing on its most recent bath of pilots. Making the cut was The Affair and Happyish, both of which landed series orders – though Happyish is currently on hold due to the recent death of series lead Philip Seymour Hoffman. While the network passed on The Vatican, a drama from Paul Attanasio which was an inside look at the Papacy in a similar vein to The West Wing.