by Ben Travis | Published on11 11 2023. Darren Aronofsky has always been attracted to stories of extremity – whether it’s the bodily intensity of The Wrestler and The Whale, the psychological torment of Mother! and Black Swan, the religious endurance of Noah, or the actual endurance test that is Requiem For A Dream. And for his next project, he’s found something that’s set to invoke all kinds of extreme reactions – because it centers on a person who’s divisive to the nth degree. According to reports, Aronofsky is set to direct an A24 biopic of none other than Elon Musk – the controversial mega-rich Space X founder, owner of Twitter (sorry, ‘X’), former bigwig of Tesla, and more…

  • Pons_Aelius
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    88 months ago

    My only question is “who has control over the script and final edit”?

    • livusOP
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      48 months ago

      Katz and Fenkel I guess. A24 bought the rights to the authorized biography, so it’s probably going to generate a fairly safe script.

      • Pons_Aelius
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        48 months ago

        In that case I really hope it is inspired by rather than based on that milquetoast piece of hagiography.

        • livusOP
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          38 months ago

          Yeah I’m quite curious about whether they bought it just to make money regurgitating it, or whether they have something more interesting in mind and are using it more as a shield against litigation.

          • @koberulz@lemmy.ml
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            18 months ago

            You can’t copyright reality, so buying the rights to biographies and other nonfiction books is always just a litigation shield.

      • BraveSirZaphod
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        28 months ago

        Aronofsky is not the kind of guy that makes safe films.

        This is gonna be, above anything else, very weird.

  • circuitfarmer
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    68 months ago

    If this is honest, it won’t be a pro-Musk film. But I would be impressed if that’s actually the angle here. Unfortunately with the other news about A24 shifting direction, I think this is likely another biopic money grab, and for a very bad human, but I hope I’m wrong.

    • livusOP
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      48 months ago

      Yeah that’s what I think too… on the other hand why attach Aronofsky? Will be interesting to see what eventuates.

  • @mindbleach@sh.itjust.works
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    68 months ago

    This thin-skinned manchild doesn’t deserve a Social Network kind of treatment. He’s not some amoral teenager turned starry-eyed manipulator. He’s a schmuck who was born wealthy, cannot take advice or handle criticism, and desperately needs everyone to like him. There was a brief window where two of his okay investments provided goodwill from science-geek progressives. That went clean out the window once his underlying personality and resulting politics became unavoidable. By the time his dumb ass bought the fascist-adjacent bird site, even the people he was banning and firing called him fragile, to his face.

    • livusOP
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      38 months ago

      Omg.

      As someone with a very visual imagination, I’m kind of hating you right now!

  • WytchStar
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    38 months ago

    Aronofsky is a little hit-or-miss for me, and this subject doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest. It’s going to take a lot more to get me to watch this. Musk is loathsome and 90+ minutes with him could easily turn out to be tortuous.

  • originalucifer
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    18 months ago

    i envision this somewhat like watching mr magoo stumble into inventing things

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      8 months ago

      Ha ha!

      I want it to be like The Wrestler but it’s probably going to be more like The Fountain.

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          That would be good. Musk becomes increasingly perplexed trying to get to Mars and ends up sitting on a park bench staring at a child’s picture book about the galaxy.

          I still remember stumbling around outside a movie theatre after seeing Pi. Felt like my brain had been pulled out and rearranged and put back in again.