A film about the life of wealthy technology mogul Elon Musk is currently being developed by independent studio A24. They acquired the rights to adapt Walter Isaacson’s recent biography, and director Darren Aronofsky, known for Black Swan, is attached to the project.
According to Variety magazine, A24 emerged as the winner in a highly competitive bidding war for the rights to Isaacson’s authorized biography of Elon Musk, which was released in September. The book received significant criticism from some sources, including the Guardian’s description of it as a “tedious and lacking in depth” read. The book also sparked controversy when Isaacson had to retract a claim that Musk had shut down his Starlink satellite network in order to thwart a Ukrainian drone attack on Russian warships.
Isaacson, a previous leader of CNN, has written several biographies, such as those of Henry Kissinger, Benjamin Franklin, and Einstein. His popular 2011 biography of Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, was made into a movie in 2015 with the same title. The film starred Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and direction by Danny Boyle.
Aronofsky’s latest film, The Whale, starred Brendan Fraser and earned Fraser an Academy Award for best actor. Aronofsky was also nominated for best director for his dark ballet drama, Black Swan.
Musk, aged 52, was born and raised in South Africa. According to Isaacson, he experienced “mental anguish” from his father Errol, with whom he is now estranged. Musk holds the positions of CEO and chief technology officer at SpaceX, as well as chairman and CTO at X Corp (previously known as Twitter). He also serves as the CEO of car company Tesla, but in 2018, he was fined and required to resign as chairman in a settlement with US financial regulators due to a series of deceptive social media posts. Currently, Musk holds the top spot on Forbes’ Real Time Billionaires list with a net worth of $223.8 billion (£183.2 billion).