I get a ridiculous amount of pleasure from movies that follow the rise and/or fall of companies. The Social Network is an all-time favorite of mine, and The Founder somehow manages to make the garbage of food known as McDonald’s seem somewhat appealing to me. There’s something about the innovation and open-mindedness that these stories have that make them so intriguing, not to mention the inherent corruption in the premises.
Well, now we have another untitled film, this one following the controversial rise and fall of WeWork, a company that provides shared workspaces, which was once valued at $47 billion, according to Vanity Fair.
Tackling this movie will be Universal and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, a studio that normally takes on low-budget horror-thriller projects, so this is definitely an outlier for them (then again, Blumhouse also produced The Loudest Voice, which covers Fox News boss Roger Aile’s rise to prominence). Writing the script is Oscar-winner Charles Randolph, who wrote the script for The Big Short as well as the upcoming Fox News drama Bombshell.
“Randolph will be adapting the extensive reporting from Katrina Brooker, senior contributing writer for Fast Company,” THR reports, “as well as her upcoming book, to be published by W.W. Norton, which focuses on the intertwined lives and ambitions of Masayoshi Son — CEO of Softbank and massive investor in WeWork — and Neumann. Brooker has conducted in-depth interviews with Adam Neumann and dozens of sources within SoftBank and WeWork, which has been mired in controversy since its failed IPO.”
Given that WeWork has all the makings for an intriguing tale — including a former co-founder known for his partying and self-aggrandizing statements — I’m sure this will be an entertaining film to keep an eye out for.
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