The Carlos Ghosn story could be coming to the silver screen. Or maybe it has the makings of a Netflix miniseries.
The former Nissan chairman and current fugitive from the Japanese legal system has hired Hollywood agent Michael Ovitz to explore film and TV projects, Bloomberg reported last week.
A spokeswoman for Ghosn said Ovitz, the founder of the Creative Artists Agency and a former president of Walt Disney, will help evaluate proposals that Ghosn receives.
A film or TV deal could help Ghosn make up for the $14 million in bail money he forfeited by fleeing from Japan in December.
Ghosn’s saga involves allegations of a high-level corporate coup and government collusion, not to mention his dramatic escape to Lebanon that reportedly involved hiding inside a musical equipment case.
According to The New York Times, he met with John Lesher, who produced the Oscar-winning film Birdman, in December, while Ghosn was under house arrest in Japan. Their discussion about the possibility of a movie detailing Ghosn’s imprisonment and struggle to prove his innocence didn’t get very far, the paper reported, citing sources.
But that was before Ghosn added a major plot twist.