Darren Aronofsky To Adapt Elon Musk Biopic For A24

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....

DrGiltspur avatar

Looking forward to the Musk/Zuck ass-to-ass scene...

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


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

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

BraveSirZaphod avatar

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

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

livus avatar

It is kind of intriguing...


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

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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.


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

WytchStar avatar

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@moist.catsweat.com avatar

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

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Ha ha!

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


I want it to be like Pi.

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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.


What a soundtrack too.


I’d buy a ticket to watch Musk turned inside out by a magic plant.


You mean invented things. Musk hasn't invented anything.


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.

@circuitfarmer@lemmy.sdf.org avatar

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.

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


Yeah…? Nah… Quit talking his name it’s a disservice to humanity.

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Aronofsky's an interesting director though.


Still haven’t seen black swan but it’s on my list!

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Not his best IMO but still worth it!

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