Does the name Neel Kashkari ring a bell? Think way back to the year 2008, when the word bailout was just entering the vernacular in relation to Wall Street, not prison, and when Henry Paulson was still in charge of the Treasury Department.

Come to think of it, that’s right around when the term TARP was taking on a new meaning outside of the camping context. Kashkari was one of the key architects of the now-infamous bailout program, but since then, he’s had a change of scenery. And this week, the news broke that George Clooney will produce, and maybe direct, a movie based on Kashkari and the banking meltdown. Here’s more from Movieline. –KA


Based on the Washington Post article “The $700 Billion Man,” the untitled film (though that seems like a great title) will tell the story of “TARP mastermind Neel Kashkari, a top official under then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson,” who ended up leaving Washington DC to live in isolation in Northern California.

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