A successful biography of billionaire Elon Musk is being turned into a film that already includes prolific US director Darren Aronofsky, production company A24 said on Friday.
The author of “Elon Musk”, star biographer Walter Isaacson, had an earlier book about Apple founder Steve Jobs filmed in 2015 with Michael Fassbender in the lead role.
An A24 representative confirmed to AFP that it had won a “hard-fought” deal for the rights to Issacson’s book, with “top studios and filmmakers also in the running.”
The production company was behind last year’s multiple Oscar-winning film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and “The Whale,” whose lead actor Brendan Fraser won best actor.
Darren Aronofsky, director of “The Whale” and other hit dramas such as “Black Swan” and “Requiem for a Dream,” will direct and produce the Musk biopic, the A24 representative said.
The book was published in September and – like Isaacson’s previous works about Jobs and Leonardo Da Vinci, among others – quickly shot to the top of the bestseller lists.
The biography describes the turbulent tycoon as a man driven by childhood demons, obsessed with bringing human life to Mars and who demands that his employees be “tough.”
The billionaire’s early life was already known, but Isaacson draws attention to Musk’s abusive and manipulative father Errol, whom Musk despises.
The book suggests that Musk is driven by what his former partner Grimes calls “demon mode,” which Isaacson says makes him extremely productive and is common among high achievers.
Musk’s chaotic and impulsive takeover of Twitter (now renamed…
Another recurring theme in the book is Musk’s vengeful tendencies towards doubters and critics.
A24 did not provide a time frame for the film’s development or release.
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