In his letter from prison to his daughter-in-law Stephanie, Bernie Madoff crowed about how much a celebrity he was. That was just the beginning. And this second act in his life could be much more satisfying than simply being a wealthy man in Manhattan and Florida.
Now, Paul Thompson reports in THE TELEGRAPH, Robert De Niro and his partner Jane Rosenthal at Tribeca Productions will produce a film about Madoff's life. De Niro will play the part of the master of the Ponzi scheme. Material for the film will be derived from son Andrew Madoff's book "Truth and Consequences," which has been purchased by HBO.
The audience for that film seems to be large. When Ruth Madoff appeared on "60 Minutes" to plug her son's book ratings were high. Madoff seems to have earned the right to become a cult anti-hero. Next Halloween NEW YORK MAGAZINE might provide downloadable Bernie masks. This year it provided a download of a Gus mask from "Breaking Bad."