An Elon Musk biopic is in development and set to be directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, multiple outlets reported Friday, though who will play the billionaire tech mogul on screen is still a mystery.
A24, the company behind Everything Everywhere All At Once, Lady Bird and Uncut Gems, won a bidding war for the rights to the film, according to Variety.
The movie will be based on the Musk biography by Walter Isaacson released this fall, the same author whose work was used to produce the 2015 film Steve Jobs about the founder of Apple.
Musk won’t be the first founder whose life has been dramatized on screen, and the film follows those based on Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Ray Kroc (McDonalds), Joy Mangano (Miracle Mop) and Douglas Fregin and Mike Lazaridis (BlackBerry).
The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin’s movie about the founding of Facebook, grossed $96.9 million at the domestic box office, according to Box Office Mojo; Joy, the film about Mangano starring Jennifer Lawrence grossed $56.4 million domestically and The Founder, based on Kroc, grossed $12.8 million.
Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, has had several movies based on his life—2013’s Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher grossed $16.1 million domestically and Steve Jobs, based on the Isaacson book, made $17.7 million.
Simply titled Elon Musk, the Isaacson biography was billed as a juicy tell-all about the founder but critics noted its exemption of Musk’s more extrinsic side. New York Times critic Jennifer Szalai asked why the author didn’t dig deeper into what makes the man, and Washington Post book critic Will Oremus said it lacked a “sophisticated critical lens.” Nonetheless, the book dove into parts of Musk before unseen, including his childhood in South Africa growing up with an abusive father, his “conspiratorial side” and mistrust of bureaucratic regulations and his complex family dynamics—Musk has fathered 11 kids from three different women. Isaacson shadowed the SpaceX founder and CEO of Tesla and Twitter for two years before writing the book.
Musk, the richest man in the world, was worth an estimated $223.8 billion as of Friday morning. On Thursday he lost $8.7 billion Thursday as Tesla stock sank 5.5% following weaker-than-expected quarterly results. He’s still worth $40.8 million more than Bernard Arnault, the second-richest man in the world.
Another book, titled Breaking Twitter: Elon Musk and the Most Controversial Corporate Takeover In History, was released this week and explores the $44 billion acquisition of Twitter by Musk last year. The book reveals what Mezrich says were Musk’s words after signing the deal: “Fuck Zuck.” Mezrich’s books were the basis for films The Social Network and Dumb Money.