Darren Aronofsky, director of the successful films Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream, will direct a biopic on Elon Musk, the A24 studio confirmed to AFP on Friday, which won a fierce competition to obtain the rights to a biography of the billionaire entrepreneur who owns X, formerly Twitter.
The film will be based on the work by Walter Isaacson, published in September in the United States, which depicts a complex individual, obsessed with the conquest of space, and with brutal management methods. “The deal was hotly contested, with major studios and directors in the running,” an A24 spokeswoman told AFP, without giving further details on a possible filming or release date. The American Darren Aronofsky, who also recently directed the feature film The Whale in collaboration with A24, “must direct and produce the film with his production company,” said the spokesperson. A24 is also behind the hit film Everything, Everywhere, All at Once.
Walter Isaacson, whose book Elon Musk quickly became a bestseller, also wrote a biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (2011), which was later adapted into a film with Michael Fassbender in the lead role. For his biography of Elon Musk, Walter Isaacson enjoyed unprecedented access to the entrepreneur, whom he interviewed on numerous occasions. According to the author, the boss of SpaceX, Tesla, and owner of
The native South African is described as "drawn to storm and drama", prone to "unpredictable emotional oscillations", which manifest themselves in the way he runs his businesses. The book notably mentions several examples of Elon Musk's anger, furious when his employees do not meet his expectations or ready to humiliate them if they resist him.