EXCLUSIVE: The wild story of crypto couple Ilya “Dutch” Lichtenstein and Heather “Razzlekhan” Morgan comes to the big screen. Hulu is in early development of limited series Razzlekhan: The infamous crocodile of Wall Street, by Searchlight Television. LilyCollins (Emily in Paris) will star as Morgan in the project she is producing with Charlie McDowell to direct and Alex Orlovsky.
The trio also produced Stroke of luck, directed by McDowell and starring Collins alongside Jesse Plemons and Jason Segel. The film was released on Netflix earlier this year.
Based on NY Magazine’s article “The Many Lives of Crypto’s Most Notorious Couple,” the series focuses on Ilya Lichtenstein and Heather Morgan (Collins), who are either the masterminds behind one of history’s biggest heists or an unhappy couple, wannabe entrepreneurs who somehow stumbled upon a hard drive containing $3.6 billion worth of bitcoin stolen from the Finex exchange.
The title of the series Razzlekhan, comes from Morgan’s alter ego as a YouTube rapper.
Described as a character study, love story and crime thriller told with humor and honesty, the series follows Heather (Collins) and Ilya as they struggle with their relationship, the pressures of sitting on stolen cryptos and not making it easy, and theirs Aspirations in the New York tech/media fishbowl. The show is told from the couple’s point of view, as well as hackers, bankers, law enforcement officers and friends.
Scoop Wasserstein is Executive Producer for New York Magazine/Vox Media Studios.
Lichtenstein and Morgan were arrested in February and accused of attempting to launder $4.5 billion worth of stolen bitcoin, $3.6 billion of which was seized by authorities. The couple, who face up to 25 years in prison, have held talks with prosecutors about a plea deal.
Collins makes headlines on Netflix hit emily in paris, which returns later this year for a third season. She was last seen on the big screen in David Fincher’s award-winning film Man. She is represented by CAA, LBI Entertainment, Definition Entertainment, Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern and The Lede Company.
In addition to co-writing and directing Stroke of luck, McDowell also directed the ones i love with Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass. He is represented by CAA and LBI Entertainment. Orlovsky was a producer with Michael Franco memory with Jessica Chastain and Peter Sargaard.
Searchlight Television’s first production, a true crime limited series The Dropout for Hulu, recently won an Emmy for star Amanda Seyfried. At Hulu, the company also produces original variety shows History of the World, Part IIa sequel to the classic comedy directed by Mel Brooks in partnership with 20th Television, and the Spanish language limited series La Maquinawith Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna.