Our readers love stories about Bethany McLean ’92 and her central role in uncovering suspect accounting at Enron. Consider this 2002 op-ed column from Maureen Dowd.

Hollywood is trying to figure out how to turn Enron into a TV movie.

How do they take all the stuff about ”the contingent nature of existing restricted forward contracts” and ”share-settled costless collar arrangements,” jettison it like the math in ”A Beautiful Mind,” and juice it up?

Enron is such a mind-numbing black hole, even for financial analysts, that if you tried to explain all the perfidious permutations, you’d never come out the other end.

A movie executive asked Lowell Bergman, the former ”60 Minutes” producer who is now an investigative reporter for The Times and ”Frontline,” for the most cinematic way to frame the story. (Mr. Bergman had the ultimate Hollywood experience of being played by Al Pacino in another corporate greed-and-corruption saga, ”The Insider.”)

”It’s about the women up against the men,” he replied.

Before you know it, Enron will be Erined, as in Brockovich. Texas good ol’ girl, fast-talking, salt-of-the-earth whistle-blower Sherron Watkins will be Renee Zellweger in a Shoshanna Lonstein bustier. The adorable and intrepid Fortune reporter Bethany McLean, the first journalist to sound an alarm about Enron’s accounting practices, will be look-alike Alicia Silverstone.

Some [Enron executives?] privately trashed Ms. Lynch as ”an idiot” and coveted Ms. McLean, calling her ”a looker who doesn’t know anything.” But when they realized the women were on to them, the company that intimidated competitors, suppliers and utilities tried to oust Ms. Lynch from her job and discredit Ms. McLean and kill her article.

Which Enron insider said that? Or is Dowd talking about her vision for the movie?

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