Who runs the world of international finance? Well, now it’s “Girls!”
Lena Dunham is directing and executive producing a new, eight-part HBO series called “Industry,” the actress and director tweeted on Friday, which will feature a group of twentysomethings competing for positions at an investment bank in London. Dunham described it as “The Wolf of Wall Street” meets “Melrose Place.”
AHHHH! I’m so excited to announce that I’m directing and executive producing a new series with @hbo, called INDUSTRY. It’s all about the cutthroat world of international finance. Think Wolf of Wall Street meets Melrose Place! #IndustryHBO pic.twitter.com/t8O81WqdhQ
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 14, 2019
Dunham is best known for directing and starring in “Girls” on HBO T, +0.19% for six seasons, which followed a group of Brooklyn millennials sorting out what they wanted from work, life and love, who largely relied on their parents to fund their aimless lifestyle. Her character Hannah infamously described herself as “the voice of my generation. Or, a generation.” (A generation of white, educated and privileged New York women, anyway.)
Some people on Twitter are wondering what kind of insight Dunham has into the competitive world of Wall Street and finance. A Barron’s reporter (which shares ownership with MarketWatch) joked that Dunham’s new show “is going to be your dad asking about annuities and a pension fund board member making a movie called Chooch.”
Will there be an episode about the wacky world of border adjustment tax? https://t.co/e7cNSB6Frv
— Ivan the K™🆒 (@IvanTheK) June 14, 2019
I imagine the take will be long and strong on penny stocks. Just hold it. It’ll go back up. 😂
— Sam Shillings (@andy_hazelgrove) June 14, 2019
Yeah, because if there’s anyone who can really capture the world of high finance, it’s…Lena Dunham. https://t.co/OKvKjtm7aV
— Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) June 14, 2019
Bankers discussing their bodily fluids. I couldn’t think of anything more interesting.
— firoozye (@firoozye) June 14, 2019
While “Girls” wasn’t the same ratings juggernaut for HBO that “Game of Thrones” was, drawing a 1 million viewer high for its first season finale in 2012, it sparked a lot of conversation, namely for its NSFW sex scenes.
“Industry” is drawn from the personal experiences of writers Konrad Kay and Mickey Down, who will executive direct with Dunham, according to The Hollywood Reporter. HBO has not responded to a MarketWatch request for comment.
The series is further described by Hollywood Reporter as “a group of young graduates competing for a limited set of permanent positions at a top investment bank in London — but the boundaries between colleague, friend, lover and enemy soon blur as they immerse themselves in a company culture defined as much by sex, drugs and ego as it is by deals and dividends.” It’s currently in production.