Martin Shkreli, you may recall, is the former big pharma CEO and punk record label silent partner who became infamous for inflating the cost of the drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill. Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, you also may recall, is the mysterious one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album Shkreli paid $2 million to own (much to Ghostface Killah’s chagrin) and was later forced to forfeit under the terms of his conviction for securities fraud, for which he’s currently serving time.
There were seemingly endless twists and turns in the Shkreli/Wu-Tang saga, many of them diligently chronicled at this very website. Now, as Collider reports, the narrative will become the basis for a movie to be released via Netflix, also titled Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. Paul Downs Colaizzo (Brittany Runs A Marathon) will direct the film based on a script by Ian Edelman (How To Make It In America). Wu-Tang ringleader and longtime filmmaker RZA is producing the movie in cooperation with Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B. The story reportedly follows the auction for the album and its messy aftermath.
Although Shkreli once previewed the Once Upon A Time In Shaolin album during a livestreamed interview, under the terms of its original sale, the music cannot be commercially exploited until 2103, so don’t expect to hear any of the actual music from the tracklist in the film’s soundtrack.