Bryn Mooser’s premium non-fiction studio XTR and documentary producer Optimist have started production on a feature-length documentary about GameStop, Reddit’s WallStreetBets and the short squeeze movement.
Currently trading as the Untitled Gamestop Documentary, it was first made public via Kickstarter. Interviews are underway with “key players” of the movement as the story unfolds, XTR stated in a release.
Optimist co-founders Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci will serve as directors, with Jenna Kelly, Optimist’s lead producer and director of marketing, set to produce.
Mooser (pictured) will executive produce with XTR’s head of development Justin Lacob.
The film will mark the second partnership between the directors and Mooser, who served as an EP on the 2015 feature documentary Salam Neighbor.
“This story is still evolving daily. And it’s so important to have a strong, nuanced documentary that can capture this landmark moment as it unfolds, through the perspective of the key people and forces that are shaping it,” Temple said in a statement.
The Optimist trio had two films premiere in 2020 — feature documentary Five Years North and HBO short The Undocumented Lawyer.
XTR, meanwhile, recently debuted eight films at Sundance (including U.S. Doc Directing Prize winner Users), and recently launched its new streaming platform for non-fiction films, Documentary+.
“The Robinhood-GameStop saga is shaping up to be one of the most exciting stories of the year with far reaching consequences about the future of the financial markets and America’s distaste for the standard institutional investors,” Lacob said in a statement. “Similar to Fyre Festival, America is infatuated with these events and we’re excited to give audiences the full picture, especially as it continues to unfold.”