Well, that didn't take long.
A movie about the rise and fall of the troubled real estate company WeWork and its former CEO Adam Neumann is in the works at Universal, per The Hollywood Reporter. Based on the reporting of Fast Company's Katrina Brooker, who has interviewed Neumann and other WeWork sources, the project comes from Blumhouse Productions and will be written by screenwriter Charles Randolph, who won an Academy Award for co-writing the financial crisis drama The Big Short. He also wrote the Fox News drama Bombshell, which hits theaters later this month.
This news arrives more than two months after WeWork's eccentric boss Neumann stepped down as CEO amid board pressure after the company's IPO was delayed. After having been valued at $47 billion, WeWork in October was reportedly about a week away from running out of money before a deal with SoftBank was announced, at which point it was valued at about $8 billion. Last month, WeWork said it would be laying off about 20 percent of its staff.
Given the often comedic tone of The Big Short, it wouldn't be surprising if some of the more absurd episodes reported during Neumann's time as CEO, including when he reportedly had Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels perform "It's Tricky" after he somberly discussed the firing of seven percent of the staff, make their way on screen. Let the Neumann fan castings begin.
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