Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has announced that he’s making a documentary about everyone’s favourite tech mogul, Elon Musk. The documentarian behind hits such as Taxi to the Dark Side and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is “months into the making” of Musk, which he describes as “a definitive and unvarnished examination” of the billionaire entrepreneur (per The Guardian).
As someone who has previously made documentaries about everything from the cult of Scientology to the Elizabeth Holmes/Theranos scandal, Gibney is no stranger to taking a hard look at controversial figures and their impact on the world. In Musk, he plans to do just that by exploring the CEO’s complex persona and the companies he runs, including Tesla, Twitter, and SpaceX.
The doco is being co-produced by Jigsaw Productions, Closer Media, Anonymous Content, and Double Agent, with the latter also funding the project. However, the team behind the film is yet to announce who will be distributing it to the masses.
Now is the moment for a rigorous portrait of Elon Musk, who is undeniably one of the most influential figures of our time. Closer Media is thrilled to join forces with Alex Gibney, Anonymous Content, and Double Agent to take on the challenge of examining Musk and his impact on the world,” said Closer Media founder Zhang Xin in a statement.
Recent documentaries about Musk have come from the New York Times Presents at FX, called Elon Musk’s Crash Course, and the Oscar-winning filmmakers behind Free Solo whose Netflix docuseries Return to Space looked at SpaceX. However, some criticised the latter as promotional material rather than an objective analysis of the company. On the other hand, Gibney’s documentary promises to be a rigorous and impartial portrait of Musk that takes on the challenge of examining his influence and impact on society.
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But who is Elon Musk, really? To some, he’s a visionary who’s changing the world with his electric cars, space travel, and social media platforms. To others, he’s a self-aggrandising blowhard who can’t resist the urge to tweet his every thought (including some pretty questionable ones). And then there are those who just find him hilarious, whether it’s his tendency to name his children after computer code or announcing that he’s selling his mansions and living in a “modest” $50,000 home in Texas.
Of course, no discussion of Elon Musk would be complete without mentioning his recent antics on Twitter. He’s been criticised for firing employees at the platform and defending racist statements made by Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams. And speaking of Twitter, the site recently suffered a major outage, leaving users unable to access the platform for hours. While it was undoubtedly frustrating for many people, it was also a bit of schadenfreude for those who don’t particularly care for Musk (or Twitter, for that matter).
But love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Elon Musk is a fascinating figure who’s shaping the world in his own unique way. And with Gibney’s documentary in the works, we can expect to learn even more about the man behind the headlines. Who knows, maybe we’ll even get a few good laughs out of it – after all, if there’s one thing we can count on with Elon Musk, he’ll be tweeting about it.
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